A CAMPAIGN TO CELEBRATE LASELL'S SESQUICENTEN Nl AL
table of contents
page I Building Awareness about the Role
of Civility in Everyday Life
page 2 Kerrissa Heffernan Selected as
Lasell's First Joan Weiler
Arnow '49 Professor
Lasell 150 Campaign Leadership:
page 3 Campaign Update: Message from
the Lasell 150 Co-Chairs
Campaign Momentum Builds
page 4 Scholarship Donor Virginia Thomas
Volunteer Profile: Jean Michael
Petersen '39 Chairs New Brennan
Building Awareness about
the Role of Civility in
LASELL LAUNCHES NANCY LAWSON DONAHUE '49
INSTITUTE FOR VALUES AND PUBLIC LIFE
While college students
learn to navigate the
choppy waters between
academics and the work-
place, learning responsible
citizenry can be afar more
difficult passage to cross.
Intangible concepts like
"civil discourse? "moral
unity" and "mutual respecf y
are just a few points on the compass of the Nancy Lawson
Donahue '49 Institute for Values and Public Life.
Trustee Nancy Lawson Donahue '49
Established with a $500,000 gift from
Trustee Nancy Lawson Donahue '49 and
the brainchild of Arnow Professor Dr.
Kerrissa Heffernan (see story on page 2),
the Institute began its inaugural program-
ming in January. (A recent Donahue Insti-
tute-sponsored event, a lunchtime discus-
sion of the 'civil classroom,' brought
together full- and part-time faculty for an
informal discussion of their experiences
with student classroom behaviors and pro-
vided a forum to strategize on the ways to
nurture a respectful, engaging intellectual
The Institute will focus on existing and
emerging issues facing Lasell College and
higher education. Its initial project will be
to examine ways of preserving Lasell's rich
heritage in educating women by conduct-
ing research and facilitating faculty work-
shops on classroom dynamics in a coedu-
A second component will focus on con-
ceptions of civic responsibility including
civility and responsible behavior, and cre-
ating opportunities for students to learn
and practice the skills of civic participation.
"In the past 10 years, there have been
significant shifts in the public's political
thinking and its perception of the democ-
ratic process," says Dr. Heffernan. "As a
society, we are turning inward, detaching
ourselves from institutions and from each
other. The ease with which we seem to do
this should cause alarm." Professor
Heffernan also expresses concern for soci-
ety's growing fascination with unbridled
consumerism and the erosion of common
courtesy and respect.
"To quote Yale Law Professor Stephen
Carter, 'being offensive is not a constitu-
tional right.'" According to Dr. Heffernan,
the Institute for Values and Public Life will
provide an excellent forum for addressing
these issues. "We need to recapture some
of the passion of the 1960s, when students
felt they not only had a voice but the ability
to affect change. During the Civil Rights
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INSTITUTE, continued from page 1
movement, for example, when North
Carolina A&T students organized lunch
counter sit-ins, they set into motion a pow-
erful chain of events."
For Dr. Heffernan, distilling lofty goals
into a feasible working plan has already
begun. What she envisions for the Institute
is a further broadening of Lasell's connect-
ed learning philosophy, combining the
teaching of civic duty with on-site, practi-
cal experience. To augment the intellectual
atmosphere in the classroom and beyond,
the Institute could feature faculty-led dis-
cussions; student debates, focus groups,
and interviews; monthly dinners with fac-
ulty and guest speakers; an academic resi-
dence in which students commit to a year-
long ethical journey and optional first-year
programs of study.
It is Nancy Lawson Donahue's foresight
and generosity, however, that have given
the Institute life. "At the time that Lasell
was considering the option of coeducation,
we worked together on the Lasell Mission
Committee," Professor Heffernan notes.
"When the Mission Committee and the
Board of Trustees unanimously voted to
admit men, Nancy recognized an immedi-
ate need for some kind of forum to address
coeducational issues in particular and civil-
ity and discourse in general.
"Students everywhere are struggling to
discern a sense of moral unity in contem-
porary culture," Dr. Heffernan concludes.
"It is our obligation as educators to assist
them in the process; Lasell's Donahue
Institute will be a perfect place to begin."
LASELL SELECTS FIRST JOAN WEILER ARNOW '49
Kerrissa Heffernan, Ed.D., Lasell
College associate professor and director
of the Center for Public Service, recent-
ly added another feather to her cap. She
was selected to be the first Lasell
College faculty member to receive the
Joan Weiler Arnow '49 Professorship.
The College's first faculty chair was
endowed with a generous gift from
Joan and Robert Arnow.
"I was surprised and thrilled to
receive this extraordinary honor," Dr.
Heffernan says. "Becoming a Joan
Weiler Arnow '49 Professor is a high-
light of my professional career." Based
on a demonstrated commitment to
teaching and professional advance-
ment, the faculty chair will be a rotat-
ing position with initial terms of three
years and will be open to faculty of all
Professor Heffernan has already
enjoyed a long and happy relationship
with her benefactors. "I have always
regarded Joan and Bob Arnow with the
highest esteem," she continues. "They
are bright, insightful, and engaged, and
always ask thought-provoking ques-
Ongoing and generous supporters of
the Lasell Center for Public Service, the
Arnows are stalwart enthusiasts of
Camp Colors, the day camp for chil-
dren with HIV/ AIDS that Lasell spon-
sors each summer on its campus. They
have also supported the highly innova-
▲ Dr. Kerrissa Heffernan accepting
the Arnow Professorship at graduation
tive Parents and Children Together
(PACT) program, which offers young,
single, low-income mothers an oppor-
tunity to pursue higher education. Dr.
Heffernan, who was on sabbatical last
semester, received a fellowship to
Brown University's Swearer Center for
Public Service, where she conducted
research for the Nancy Lawson
Donahue '49 Institute and prepared the
Institute's working paper and five-year
plan. She also edited a monograph on
women's studies and service learning.
"Our Center for Public Service has
maintained close ties with the Swearer
Center," she explains. "We have a simi-
lar mission: to serve the community,
with the head as well as the heart. We
both take an intellectual approach to
Lasell 150 Campaign
Leadership: Public Phase
(as of April 15, 1999)
Joan Weiler Arnow '49 and Bob Arnow
Kathryn Poore Hamel '49 and Dana Hamel
Peggy Schwingel Kraft '56
Joan Howe Weber '51
Jean Sargent Lee '49
Susan Slocum Klingbeil '45 and William
Elisse Allinson Share '65
Nancy Curtis Grellier '49
Lela Graham Moses '61
Carol Cacciamani '65 — Member at large
Thomas E.J. de Witt — Member at large
Nancy Lawson Donahue '49 — Member
Jo-Ann Vojir Massey '51 and Dwight
Massey — Members at large
Patricia Zinkowski — Member at large
Ruth Shuman and Katharine Urner '83
Major Gifts Committee
Jean Sargent Lee '49
Lynn Kiefer Holt '61
Jo-Ann Vojir Massey '51
Nancy Peirce Rudolph '55
Betty Culver Thomson '48
Planned Giving Sub-Committee
Susan Slocum Klingbeil '45
Chair, Heritage Society:
Marilyn Williamson Blodgett '46
Henrietta Hisgen Campbell '28
Jean Campbell '44
Katharine Urner '83
Annual Fund/Special Gifts Committee
Elisse Allinson Share '65
Patricia Gura Conroy '55
Ruth Turner Crosby '42
Priscilla Spence Hall '43
Kathleen Rebmann Royka '64
Judy Tracy Shanahan '48
Marion Williams-Bennett '83
Eleanor (Noni) Linton
Nancy Curtis Grellier '49
Lela Graham Moses '61
Patricia Beck '97
Barbara Ordway Brewer '35
Nancye Van Deusen Connor '57
Rose Mary Fuss
Shirley Vara Gallerani '53
Joan Conradi McLaughlin '59
Barbara Stickle Mode '47
Jean Michael Petersen '39
Nancy Burrows Putnam '50
Antoinette Ruinen Stapper '56
Arlene Wishart Sylvester '38
Marilyn Blodgett Williamson '46
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Florence Boehmcke Edmondson so enjoyed her 75th
Reunion at Lasell last spring.
We were saddened to learn from her daughter, who
chronicled her mother's fascinating life and travels for us,
that Clarine Booth Villars passed away on October 12,
Katherine Tufts Wiese recently celebrated her 92nd
birthday. She keeps her mind busy writing poetry and
remembers her Lasell days as a high point in life.
During the holiday season Katherine Braithwaite
Leutwyler had a lovely month-long visit in Lajolla, CA,
with her daughter and her family. Katherine hopes that she
will be well and strong enough to attend her 70th Reunion
in June. We'll keep our fingers crossed that you make it,
Katherine — it will be a grand time for all!
Dorothy Hayward Sutherland lives in a retirement
community in Walpole, MA where she and her husband of
59 years moved before his death in 1997. "We traveled
extensively all over the world during our years together."
Marguerite Mcllvain Ricker is living in Dunwoody
Village, a retirement community in Newtown Square, PA.
We were very sorry to learn from Ruth Van Allen
Wells that her husband of 68 years died last May and we
offer her our sincere condolences. Ruth and her husband
were world travelers and together they headed the nation-
ally known Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge, PA. As
she is wheelchair-bound with acute arthritis, Ruth is
doubtful that she will attend Reunion this year.
We send our condolences to Kathryn Dow Mathes
whose husband died last summer.
We were so very sorry to learn from Ruth Richardson
Pease of the death of her son and offer her our deepest
sympathy. Ruth has eight grandchildren and two great-
Elizabeth Page Sealey keeps in touch with Althea
Ward Weatherhead and hears occasionally from Jeanne
Price Crye and her husband, Fred.
Camilla Roy Jewett feels fortunate, that, at 87, she is
healthy and active. She drives her car and enjoys the many
activities associated with the 350th anniversary of her
town, East Hampton, NY.
Elinor Small Domina writes that she is "in reasonably
good health, I drive my car, do a little traveling, and take in
many of the activities offered in the area." She loves read-
ing news of the Class of '32.
Althea Ward Weatherhead visited with Elizabeth Page
Sealey last September and found her looking very well.
Dorothy Day Funk writes: "Feeling fair at 85 (almost
86). Miss those good days of long ago at Lasell, but the
memories are there. Best to all of the Class of '33."
Congratulations to Hazel Merritt Bliven and her hus-
band, David, who celebrated their 60th wedding anniver-
sary last year. Their granddaughter gave a party for them
and Elizabeth Hayford Stewart was among the attendees.
Jean Murphy Aneda and Ruth Stafford Clark were
sorry to miss their 65th Reunion last spring.
We send our condolences to Louise Newell Audette,
whose son, Dana, died on September 6, 1998. Louise was
recently honored for 60 years membership in the
Daughters of the American Revolution.
Mabelle Hickcox Camp
226 Ponperaug Woods, Southbury, CT 06488
Carol Morehouse Jones
108 Brynwood Drive, Easton, PA 18045
Carol Morehouse Jones is the mother of four and
grandmother of 10. We were sorry to learn that her hus-
band, Billy, passed away in 1997 and send Carol our belat-
ed condolences. Two of her daughters and a niece are
Lasell graduates — Kathryn Jones van Renesse '67, Susan
Jones O'Keeffe '76 and Ann Morehouse Power '68.
Denise Gile Arnold writes: "We are still hangin' in
there, doing our usual activities at home, in the communi-
ty, and just enjoying life. Best to all."
Congratulations to Gertrude Heath Kehoe and her hus-
band, John, who celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary
last October. They enjoy their second home on Lake
Winnipesaukee in Meredith, NH.
Barbara McKelleget has moved from Cambridge to
Watertown, MA. She is very proud of her niece who was
co-winner for best book on intellectual history in 1997.
We were so sorry to learn from Katharine Peck Dietler
of Jane Brackley Starbird's death on December 14, 1998.
Katharine and her husband, Neal are fine — they spent
two rainy weeks in New England last September visiting
their daughter in Connecticut and having lunch with
"Puff" in her new apartment in Simsbury.
Margaret Weber Hodges has a great-grandson and
wishes she could retire to Lasell Village. (We'd love to have
you Margaret. The more alums the merrier!)
Phyllis Gunn Rodgers
80 Top Hill Road, Saunderstown, RI 02874
Dorothea Eburne MacLeod feels thankful and so fortu-
nate to be enjoying her eight grandchildren and 10 great-
Virginia Hall Warren's family has informed us that,
although senile dementia has damaged her thought
processes, she is physically fine and enjoys swimming in
the Gulf of Mexico and doing water aerobics.
Virginia Hausler Heath-Coster lives in Everett, WA,
and remembers that "there were five of us in our high
school years (Junior and Senior) at Lasell."
Ruth Koritzky Kopelman has seven grandchildren and
two great-grandchildren. She sends kindest personal
regards to all her classmates and friends.
After a wonderful summer, Georgianna Taber Cotter
enjoyed returning to her volunteering and clubs last fall.
Louise Tardivel Higgins
c/o Forte, 131 Oxbow Road
Needham, MA 02492-1017
Dorothy Abbott Atherton, although legally blind and
using an electrical video eye, is looking forward to 65th
Reunion in 2002.
We were very sorry to hear from Barbara Burnham
Rice that she lost her husband, Jack, last April and we send
Barbara our sincere condolences.
Anne Campbell Terrill and her husband moved to
Lake of the Woods in Virginia two years ago to be closer to
their sons and grandchildren. Anne is active in her church,
Republican Women's group and with golf, spending win-
ters in Plant City, FL.
We extend our sincere condolences to Irene
Dreissigacker Brimlow whose husband of 57 years, Potter,
died on March 30, 1998. Irene plans to stay in her home in
Clifton Park, NY.
Jane Eldridge Meaney continues to drive her car, play
golf and volunteer at her local hospital. She enjoys her five
grandchildren and spends a couple of months in Florida
With a grand sense of humor Priscilla Greig Linnell
writes "I'm having my second hip operation. . . thank
goodness I don't have three legs!" We wish you a speedy
Janet Owens DeArment is pleased to see the College
doing so well and especially glad to see Lasell's athletic
We send our condolences to Evelyn Piepenbring
Morrison whose husband passed away last fall.
Alcine Rippere Gager continues to support her sec-
ondary school as a lifetime trustee. She participates in local
activities at her church, garden club and library.
We offer our deepest sympathy to Florence Stetson
Pipes whose second son died of a heart attack on February
Arlene Wishart Sylvester
81 Woodland Road, Aubumdale, MA 02466
Margaret Jones Howry '38, Doris Somerville Krom '40,
Betsy Waters Hartman '47, Shirley Greenhalgh Fadley
'49 and Virginia Hall Anderson '48, celebrating Peg
Howry's birthday at the Ritz Carlton in Laguna
Niguel, CA, last year.
Congratulations to Jean Allen Bird who celebrated her
80th birthday last October with all five sons, four daugh-
ters-in-law, eight grandchildren, and Martha Driscoll
LASELL LEAVES WINTER/SPRING 1999
Penny DeLaney Ogrinz and her husband continue their
motor home travel and Penny now shares in the driving.
She notes: "I never drove the coach before, but I learned
long ago (and maybe at Lasell) that we can always do
whatever we have to do. Age need not stop us."
Florence Kent Parks spent Christmas with her daugh-
ter, Susan, and son-in-law, Dr. Arturo Iriarte, Lasell's Vice
President for Academic Affairs.
Dorothy Keyes sends greetings to her classmates.
Elizabeth Lloyd Fritch enjoyed a wonderful
Scandinavian trip last summer.
Eleanore Loeffler Olsen writes: "Clint and I will be
moving into life care at 'Edge Hill' in Greenwich (early
summer). We will be near our children and would like to
know if any Lasellites may be there also."
Martha Romaine Jones was the guest of honor at a
surprise 80th birthday party last April. She attended her
grandson's wedding in Minnesota last year and sees
Eleanore Loeffler Olsen frequently.
Arlene had a note from Eleanor Skinner Stoughton
who wrote: "My husband passed away in 1987 and a son in
1994. 1 have nine grandchildren and two great-grandchil-
dren. I often think of Lasell and remember the good times
Arlene Wishart Sylvester escaped to Florida for six
weeks this winter to avoid the cold weather. Priscilla
Winslow '35 stayed in her home while Arlene was away.
Louisa Clark Harrington
399 Lexington Street, Waltham, MA 02451
Jeanne Daniels Wheeler lives in the Albany Capitol
District of New York State. She plays golf each week,
volunteers at church and in nursing homes.
Katharine Farnell Guay loves traveling and enjoyed
a leisurely two weeks spent in the Alps last August. She
plays scrabble twice weekly and takes day trips with
members of her senior center.
On a recent business trip to Seattle, Cora Pratt Adams
was very impressed with her visit to the Boeing plant
where the new 777 jets are being built.
Mildred Sheldon Steele and her husband play lots
of bridge and help with the RSVP volunteer tax program.
They have traveled throughout the United States and
Europe and have enjoyed cruises to Alaska and the
Margaret Smith Wolcott enjoys traveling, aerobics, line
dancing, and doing volunteer work for the blind.
Harriet Tifft Longley and her husband, Rodger, live in
Massachusetts and Scottsdale. They play bridge and like to
travel a bit.
Priscilla Sleeper Sterling
246 Ocean Palm Drive
Flagler Beach, FL 32136-4113
Nancy Bailey Black has just moved to a house condo
and loves it. "No more repairs, lawn mowing or snow
shoveling — it's wonderful!" Nancy has four grandchil-
Elizabeth Briard Sullivan makes porcelain dolls and
has a collection of 200 — old and new.
Bette Ellis Martin has five children and 13 grandchil-
dren. She spends six months in New Jersey and six in
Lucy Harrison Eimer loves life in Laguna Beach where
she recently adopted a two-year-old orphan dog from the
Lucille LaRiviere Disbrow and her husband have trav-
eled all over the world since his retirement. They have two
children and two grandchildren.
We were sorry to hear from Mary-Carolyn Porter
Morison that she was not well. We hope you're recovering
now and feeling much better.
Due to an administrative error, news of the death of
Betty Sue Smith Miller has been greatly exaggerated! She
is in excellent health and living in Lompoc, CA. We also
thank her for being such a good sport in learning of this
Susan Ridley enjoyed a land and cruise trip to Alaska
Shirley Van Wart Dane continues to be active in the
antique business and travels extensively. She recently took
a train trip through Europe and enjoyed riding the Orient
Express from Rome to London.
Helen Woodward Fassett is busy as director of a convales-
cent home, with Red Cross and her church, and last fall
enjoyed a trip to California with her daughter and son-in-law.
900 Palmer Road, #3H, Bronxville, NY 10708
Mary Elizabeth Allen Ryan, her daughter and hus-
band, Bob, enjoyed a wonderful trip to Egypt last May.
Lucille Armand Boyle welcomed her second great-
Virginia DeNyse traveled to West Virginia last October
to attend the annual reunion of her childhood Sunday
school class. She and Betty McGrath Brown had dinner in
New York City in the fall, prior to Betty's trip to New
Last July, Mary Doig Nicholson and her husband, John,
traveled to Amsterdam where they boarded a river boat for
Budapest and Vienna.
Marion Fitts Sternkopf does a great deal of traveling
and also enjoys golf and bowling.
Congratulations to Louise Lorion DeVries and her hus-
band, Hank, who celebrated their 56th wedding anniver-
sary while enjoying the Canadian Rockies in the spring of
1998. They traveled on a "Backroads of Britain" trip last
Congratulations to Dorothy Martin Berdan and her
husband who have been married 52 years.
In October, Betty McGrath Brown traveled to New
England for a fall vacation and plans to visit France this
We were sorry to learn from Marjorie Morss Smith that
her husband recently died and we send her our sincere
Laura Pechilis Apostolu welcomed a new baby grand-
son in May 1998 and attended the wedding of another
grandson last October.
Eleanor Pfaff Daly is planning a trip on the Danube in
Congratulations to Marjorie Ulrich McLaughlin and
her husband who celebrated their 50th anniversary at a
surprise party given by their four children and attended by
old and new friends and their entire family.
Dorothy Mosher Stone
20 ]eep Place, P.O. Box 483, Mashpee, MA 02649
Grace Johnson Johnson, Tracy Ruch Kauffman,
Patricia Johnson and Betty Heckel Allen had a grand
time at their mini-reunion last July at Patricia's house
in South Orleans on Cape Cod.
Ruth Bowlend Eckhoff serves on the board of directors
of her adult community and enjoys watercolor painting,
bowling and quilting.
Wilma Dieckman Becker has informed us of the death
of her husband and we send her our sincere condolences.
Louise Freeman Coombs visited Ruth Mosher Porter
in Richmond last October and they had a wonderful time
reminiscing about Lasell days.
Margaret Grover Scott attended her grandson's gradu-
ation from the Naval Academy last May.
We send our condolences to Elizabeth Heckel Allen
whose husband died of cancer in 1997.
Barbara Leonard Wiser wrote that, although medical
problems have slowed them down a bit, she and her hus-
band are enjoying retirement and their family. Their grand-
daughter included Lasell on her list of colleges to visit last
Constance Lynch Walsh and her two daughters spent
two weeks in Aix-en-Provence and touring the southern
coast of France.
Dorothy Mosher Stone is now a great-grandmother
and has 15 grandchildren. She is busy with hobbies and
motor home travels.
Martha Pangborn Seidensticker has four children and
10 grandchildren. She travels and plays golf.
Marjorie Ray Blackett is pleased with the increased
enrollment and innovative curriculum at Lasell.
Elaine Robins Albert was sorry to miss her 55th
Reunion. She is enjoying retirement in Lake Worth, FL,
where she plays lots of golf and bridge, enjoys theatre and
dining, and takes some interesting courses.
Ruth Roughgarden Frank sends "a big hello to all my
friends" and is happy that Lasell is doing so well.
Mary Ledbetter Bastean
22525 4th Street East, Treasure Island, FL 33706
Besides enjoying her grandchildren, quilting, painting
and reading, LaVerne Atno Olson travels and attends
Margaret Bosworth Logee lives in a rural setting in East
Woodstock, CT, with lots of deer, fox, wild turkeys and
birds for companions. She has six children, 15 grandchil-
dren and three great-grandchildren.
We were sorry to learn from Virginia Collins Canavan
that her husband, Joe, died on March 27, 1998, shortly
before their 48th wedding anniversary.
Nancy Leavis Bailey has four children, nine grandchil-
dren and three great-grandchildren, all living in different
parts of the country and on Okinawa. Nancy travels exten-
sively to visit everyone.
Eloise Moffett Harper's husband, Thomas, died on
January 18, 1998, and we send her our sincere condolences.
Priscilla Spence Hall and her husband have decided to
make New Smyrna Beach, FL, their year-round home. "It
has a beautiful setting with a gorgeous beach and nice little
town — close to whatever action you'd want. Call if you're
nearby — it would be fun to reminisce."
Barbara Thornburg Donnelly reports that her son is
our ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldive Islands.
84 Laurel Street, Fairhaven, MA 02719
Jean Campbell hopes to see many old friends at
Reunion. She loves to travel and is currently president of
library trustees and advises and teaches several investment
clubs. Jean enjoyed the testimonial dinner given her by Her
town of Fairhaven, MA, last fall.
Elaine Curtiss-Dillon is president of Village Green
Association HI and enjoys reading, swimming, gardening,
oil painting, the Sarasota Navy Women's Group and vari-
ous cultural activities.
Barbara Goodwin Flint enjoys winters in Florida and
summers in New Hampshire.
We were sorry to learn that Priscilla Perley Kerans will
be unable to attend Reunion as she suffers with respiratory
problems. We extend to Priscilla our deepest sympathy on
the death of her husband last September. The couple was
married 49 years.
Natalie Vogel Lawton manages the daily living sup-
plies closet at her church, a community outreach program
for the needy.
Nonie Lederman Carroll
Tres Vidas, Townhouse #16E
2335 South Ocean Boulevard
Palm Beach, FL 33480
Sarah Atwater Mesmer has done lots of traveling
recently, including a trip to Jacksonville, FL, with her
daughter to see her son's Navy promotion ceremony.
In 1998 she enjoyed a January cruise of the western
Caribbean, spent the winter in Fort Myers, and visited
Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. She enjoys hear-
ing many good musicians while on Cape Cod during the
Theresa Bergeron Hoyt "recently joined the world of
technology and I am immersed in classes at a local commu-
nity college. Have been appointed treasurer of our camera
club and am happy to report I've won several photo
awards. Who said retirement was dull!!!"
Dorothy Domina Willard and her husband, Everett,
were featured last July in a Newport (VT) Daily Express arti-
cle that included this quote: "Although retired now, the
Willards have led a full and colorful life, adding to the his-
tory of Vermont and the Northeast Kindgom."
Marilyn Ford Marsh's husband, Arthur, passed away
in October 1997 and we send her our sincere condolences.
LASELL LEAVES WINTER/SPRING 1999
Lindy vacationed in New England last summer and spent
some time with former roommate Kay Chandler
Marilyn McNie Middlebrook and her husband, Bill,
traveled to British Columbia and the Canadian Rockies last
summer and planned a South American cruise in January.
While in New Hampshire last summer they enjoyed visits
from all their family.
Eunice Powers Buxton is the owner of Custom House
in Cromwell, CT. All five of her children and many friends
attended a family reunion last summer and Eunice and her
husband celebrated their 55th anniversary. Congratula-
Last July, Barbara Preuss Reynolds and her husband
moved to a retirement development in State College, PA,
where they are very happy.
Virginia Rolf e Guy and her husband spent two weeks
on Majorca last October and were off to Tucson for the
Susan Slocum Klingbeil is looking forward to her 55th
Reunion in 2000!
Marilyn Blodgett Williamson
60 Ledgelawn Avenue, Lexington, MA 02420
Ann Avery and John Todd in Sydney, Australia.
Ann Avery Todd and her husband, John, celebrated
their 40th anniversary with a trip to Hong Kong, New
Zealand, and Australia and then visited Paris, Venice,
Prague, Berlin and London last fall. The Todds have two
sons and a Spaniel puppy.
Jane Caswell Rossi and her husband, Harry, enjoyed
two excellent trips last year — to France in the spring and
Italy in the fall. "We can still get in and out of those bath-
tubs!" The Rossi's spend winters in Naples, FL.
Raemary Chase Duryea and her husband have four
grandchildren, play lots of golf, and love to travel to
Lucy Clark Winant exhibited her approach to watercol-
or portraiture last July 26 at the Art Guild Gallery in
Carolyn Coleman Peyrot and her husband made a
motor trip across country to visit their daughter for 11 days
in Seattle. They took ferry trips on Puget Sound to the
Islands, visited Yellowstone Park and Glacier Park in
Montana. They were so impressed with the beauty of our
country and with Theodore Roosevelt's hand in our
National Park system.
Mildred Day Clements is assistant reference librarian
at Henry Carter Hull Library in Connecticut. She writes:
"So pleased to keep in touch with my roommate, even after
50 years! Also, the Leaves gives me info about my aunt —
Dorothy Day Funk who graduated in 1933."
Rose Emer Bucalo spent two weeks in Portugal last fall.
Mary-Lou Fisher Burness spent most of June 1998 in
France and planned to visit Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia
and Singapore last November.
We send our condolences to Anne Heaphy Briggs
whose husband died last fall.
Sally Myers McCormick works as a buyer's agent in
real estate. She has four children, lives in Sierra Vista, AZ,
and would love to hear from Lasellites in her area.
When we heard from her in June, Phyllis Paige
Downes was off to New Hampshire for the summer and
expected to see some '46ers, including her former room-
mate, Corinne Wilkins Staid, in Kennebunkport, ME.
Betty Scrimgeour Williams is busy fund-raising for
non-profits and has five grandchildren.
Carolyn Stuart Scantlebury sends her best to "old
friends who might still remember me."
Joan Walker Runge writes from St. Croix: "Survived
another hurricane — Georges — not as bad as Hugo but no
fun when it's another direct hit. Power back on in only one
week! Best wishes to all '46ers — call if you're in the
Jean Watson Wetrich had her whole family together
for a few days last October when her granddaughter was
Congratulations to Meri Zenleoni Goyette who was
recently honored by the Exchange Club of Nashua, NH,
with the Golden Deeds Award. A lovely picture of Meri
appeared in The Telegraph, accompanied by this caption:
"Goyette, affectionately referred to as 'Mrs. Nashua,' often
puts forth her own ideas and hard work to aid the city.
Examples include organizing the Broom Brigade, which
tackled Main Street litter; orchestrating fund raisers for
Nashua beautification projects; and taking a major role in
the restoration of the Hunt Memorial building. . . Goyette
has spearheaded work on 'Nashua in Time and Place,' a
photographic history of the city due to be published this
Gloria Sylvia Paolella
34 Kate's Path, Yarmouth Port, MA 02675
We were sorry to learn from Janet Dale Hirsh of the
death of her husband and send her our sincere condo-
Millicent Entwistle Crawford is happily retired in
Jeanne Franklin Bates and her husband, Jim, had a
great visit last September on Cape Cod with Sarah Cross
Finigan and Dottie Harvender Kleiderlein, and were sor-
ry to have missed seeing Eunice Watson Crosen.
Phyllis Haviland Hildebrandt writes "All the same!
Family all doing well — what more could I want."
Linda Koempel Tompkins and Fred love being retired.
They sail on Chesapeake Bay, visit family (including two
great-grandsons) and friends throughout New England,
New York, and Florida. Linda would welcome a visit from
Frances Lake Gray had a wonderful visit with all three
of her children at the same time last summer.
Joanne McMillan Mars and her husband are retired
and enjoying life in a condo overlooking Smith Mountain
Lake in southwestern Virginia.
We send deepest sympathy to Jean Morgan Koenitzer on
the death last July of her husband, Larry. He was a regular
attendee at Lasell Horida events and will be greatly missed by
all who enjoyed his company at those gatherings.
Dorothy Papani Palmer sends greetings to "all my
Anita Triantaf el Hatzis and her husband, Tom, were
delighted to welcome their fourth grandchild, a baby girl,
Jane Upton Patten retired in 1998 after 30 years with
Beverly Yeates McCormick and her husband, Mac, vis-
ited four of the Hawaiian Islands last fall. Bev is having
lots of fun with her computer and would love to hear from
Nancy Larsen Bailey
135 Exeter Road, Hampton, NH 03842-1908
Joanne Bossi True is working at the Waltham Public
Library and has seven grandchildren.
Virginia Bowers Noyes has been retired for five years
and lives on the Maine coast where she volunteers for the
local hospital, the Portland Symphony, and the Portland
Stage Company. She enjoyed a two-week tour of Italy last
October during which Sallyann Bartlett Abel '51 was her
During a dedication ceremony last September, The
University of Southern Maine named their hockey field
after Paula Drake Hodgdon and also inducted her into the
Husky Hall of Fame.
We were so sorry to learn from Ann Myers Beck that
her husband passed away in September 1998 and send our
Shirley Thorne Brady and her husband enjoy surf fish-
ing each fall. Shirley is busy with volunteer work on the
environmental commission and with garden club. She has
After enjoying a great 50th Reunion, Judith Tracy
Shanahan recommends a campus visit to all. Judy spends
winters in Horida and is lucky to have three of her four
children living near her in New Hampshire.
Gloria Wurth Harrison and her husband spent last
winter in Hong Kong and traveled again throughout
Southeast Asia. They celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary last year and gathered their six children, their
spouses, and 16 grandchildren for a few weeks of fun on
the New Jersey shore.
Nancy Lawson Donahue
52 Belmont Avenue, Lowell, MA 01852
Priscilla Aldrich Randell volunteers three afternoons
each week at the Provincetown (MA) Library where she
runs the front desk.
Shirley Anderson Daly has worked as an interior
designer and in education. Retired now, she enjoys exhibit-
ing her paintings and spent a week in Bermuda painting
with other artists. Shirley is delighted with her new baby
Ann Ashley Sanderson and her husband, Ted, five
eight months on Marco Island and four months in
Wisconsin. She is active at church, plays bridge and enjoys
boating, cruising, book club and exercising.
Katherine Babcock Hansen is very busy and enjoys her
volunteer work tremendously.
Corinne Capone McGuiggan retired from 27 years of
teaching Home Economics in 1991. She enjoys following
her grandchildren's school and sports activities.
Shirley Greenhalgh Fadley is looking forward to 50th
Reunion this spring and hopes to see many classmates
Martha Hurd Davenport is active with the Red Cross
and other volunteer activities. She loves to knit and has
taught knitting to grammar school children.
Natalie Knight Rogers loves her full-time work as man-
ager of Natalie's Hallmark in Rochester, Minnesota. She
has 12 grandchildren and eight great-grand-grandchildren
("too young to have all of those!!)" Nat doesn't travel much
anymore because her husband, Jack, suffers from emphyse-
ma, but she would love to come east sometime.
Nancy Lawson Donahue is a very active member of the
Lasell Board of Trustees. She has raised 11 children and her
community activities have included founding a theatre and
serving on many cultural and educational boards.
After 25 years Diane Palady Barry and her husband,
Jim, sold their "choose and cut" Christmas tree farm in
Grafton, MA, and moved to Hat Rock, NC. Diane had
lunch with Alyce Stone Sanders '48.
Patricia Penry Van Hoesen is president of Premier
Shipping Co. in Scotch Plains, NJ. She ran this family busi-
ness after her husband was taken suddenly ill in February
1998 and reports "a quick learning experience — all is now
Norma Pickett Wise welcomed her sixth grandchild, a
little boy, in August 1997 and was planning to visit Vicki
Stone Leary in California this August.
After finding she didn't like retirement, Josephine
Sanborn Hickey is again working as a realtor for Coldwell
Banker in Clearwater, FL.
Although they hadn't seen each other for 40 years,
Virginia Towe Beck writes that she and her former room-
mate, Janet Coddington Halliday, had a great reunion
when they met in Red Bank, NJ, last June.
Jane Wadhams Hazen is looking forward to Reunion
and seeing the changes at Lasell. She encourages all class-
mates to attend. Jane is a member of a handbell ringing
group and is a deacon at her church. She loves to visit her
Janet White MacLure writes "I am pretty much out of
volunteer work because we travel a lot and spend 3—4
months in Florida. I play a lot of golf — poorly," she adds.
Joan Wolfe Wickham is a sales associate at Sundance
Realty in Daytona Beach, FL. She sees Gene Starrett
Anderson and her husband, Chet, at least three times a
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Nancv Bean Lord
771 Camden Road, Hope, ME 04847
Marni Nahigian Sarkisian
256 South Avenue, Weston, MA 02493
We send our deepest sympathy to Joan Antun Rednor
whose mother passed away last September at the age of 95.
Janet Bell Luening and her husband spent last year
traveling to Turkey, England, Wales, and Scotland and
seeing friends in Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Maine.
We send our sincere condolences to Marilyn Caterson
Zimmerman whose husband, Charlie, died in April 1998
after a long bout with leukemia.
Joyce Davies Harrison recently welcomed her fifth
Elizabeth Depoian Chicknavorian and her husband
are busy golfing, playing bridge, and taking mini-vaca-
Congratulations to Marion Ettinger Steinmetz who
welcomed a new grandson last November.
Virginia Hibbert Weldon and her husband are the
proud grandparents of 21 grandchildren!
Sally Hughes Fasick had a great visit with Carmen
Welch Clark, Naomi Cox Santoro and Harriet Schwarz
Ryan '51 last summer and always sees Dot Goehring
Rourke in Orleans, each summer.
Elizabeth Kerrivan Davidson sends best wishes to all
classmates. She enjoys parenting and grandparenting, and
although 1998 was a year of serious illness for her hus-
band, Elizabeth managed a delightful September reunion
in Waltham with Mamie Nahigian Sarkisian and Anita
We send our condolences to Anne Mastin Egner on the
death of her husband of 41 years, Robert.
Janet Murphy George has been elected president of her
federated woman's club.
Marni Nahigian Sarkisian vacationed out west last
year, and saw Elizabeth Kerrivan Davidson and Anita
Angelus Koulopoulos at their Newton High School 50th
Rosemary O'Brien deBelay and her husband are
dividing their time between Boca Raton and Lausanne,
Switzerland. They look forward to a visit with their son in
Jean Ostrander Lowman loves her part-time work as a
medical transcriptionist. She has four grandchildren and is
delighted that the youngest fives not far from her Florida
Mary Ribarich Connick and her husband are enjoying
their seven grandchildren who all five near them in their
Irvington, NY, home. They love the Florida beaches near
their home in Bradenton Beach and are learning to play
Joan Robilotto Gibson has two daughters and a son, all
living within two hours of her home.
Barbara Schnelle Orton is enjoying her two grandsons.
Esther Snowdon Richmond would love to hear from
any alums who visit Palmer, Alaska.
Jacquelyn Temperley Jennings was admitted to the
National Library of Poetry in 1997, and her poem, "Once in
a Lifetime," was published in the 1998 Anthology of Poetry.
Carmen Welch Clark enjoyed lunching last August in
Hyannis, with Sally Hughes Fasick, Naomi Cox Santoro
and Harriet Schwarz Allen '51. They had a great visit and
lots of laughs.
Libbie Fleet Glazer
94 Fairfield Street, Lowell, MA 01851-3911
Kathleen Ballard Heck enjoys her 12 grandchildren
Sallyann Bartlett Abel had wonderful visits from Alice
Pittenger and Joyce Weitzel Flanagan last summer, and
enjoyed a trip to Italy in October. "My first year of year-
round living in Maine has been great."
Anne Ivers Reiske works as a medical secretary and
loves it. She planned a trip to Alabama last August to wel-
come her third grandchild.
Barbara Jankowski Rusch has been retired for a year
and is enjoying her travels to North Carolina, Florida,
Vermont, Aruba and California.
Last July Charlotte Kelley Campbell and her husband,
Tom, welcomed their seventh grandchild, a little boy.
Charlotte continues working on a part-time basis as a den-
Beverly Pink Reynolds has four grandsons all living
nearby. She continues her travels in the US and Europe and
remains interested in antiques and music.
Elaine Quavillon Tull recently moved to Arizona
where, to her surprise and delight, she discovered that her
freshman sister, Ann Rathburn Spadola '52, lives in the
same gated community!
Peggyanne Riker Miller and her husband, Bob, have
two grandchildren, travel when they can and enjoy their
We send our condolences to Betty Lou Shattuck
Musser whose husband died last September.
Ann Van der Veer Bradley is looking forward to
Reunion 2001 and would like to hear from "Bloomfield, NJ,
graduates class of '51 L.J.C." She and her husband spend
winters in Florida.
Patricia Walsh Barry and her husband are enjoying
their retirement travels that include visits to their six chil-
dren and 14 grandchildren.
Jean Aslaksen Podimsky
6 West 14th Street, P.O. Box 57
Barnegat Light, NJ 08006
Eleven members of Briggs '52 at their reunion June 16-18, 1998, at the home
of Ruth and Dick Cederberg in Mattapoisett, MA. Back row: Lois
Armstrong Howland, Mary Lou Woodward Robinson, Marilyn McGuire,
Pauline Coady Goodwin, Ann Alden Allen, Virginia Smibert Swanson,
Carol Michiels Dunlap. Front Row: Dottie Mulhere Barrett, Barbara Herzog
Burns, Ruth Easterlind Cederberg, Beverly Segerberg Britton.
Ann Alden Allen lives in Lexington, SC. She plays ten-
nis, is a watercolorist, quilter and house painter and loves
antiquing, gardening and baking.
Nancy Allen Banks rejoices in her seven grandchildren.
She and her husband, Art, are enjoying retirement and
Lois Armstrong Howland has moved back to the
antique farmhouse in East Sandwich, MA, where she grew
up. She has five children and five grandchildren, and
enjoys oil painting, fixing up her house, sewing, traveling,
Jean Aslaksen Podimsky welcomed a new grandchild
last year and is very busy as president of her local taxpay-
er's organization, and with her bookkeeping work for a
commercial fishing marina.
Janet Bolster Peterson's future plans include attending
her 50th Reunion. She is working with the police depart-
ment in crime fighting, specifically dealing with gangs and
drugs. Janet travels occasionally to Mexico and New York
and takes care of her five cats. She swims every day and
looks forward to seeing "Clark friends" at reunion.
Rosalie Caiger Sargent sends greetings to all "the
Pickard House ladies."
Pauline Coady Goodwin has played golf for 53 years!
She also enjoys traveling and entering duplicate bridge
tournaments. She has five children and five grandchildren.
Chloe Comstock Singarella and her husband, John,
spent their third summer working in Yellowstone National
Park. It was a very busy season and they did a lot of hiking
and animal watching — "a great experience again."
Ruth Easterlind Cederberg and her husband, Dick, are
retired and living in Mattapoisett, MA. They have four
children and six grandchildren. Ruth is a driver for a
"neighbor helping neighbor" program organized by the
Council on Aging and last year, with two other women,
planted an historical herb garden at the local Historical
Bernardine (Bonnie) Gill Smith sends her best to class-
mates and wishes a happy and healthy year to all.
Barbara Herzog Burns and her husband, Charlie, have
lived in Atlanta for 28 years. Barbara loves traveling and
antiquing and has a small spot in an antique shop in his-
toric Marietta Square. Each year she serves as chair of her
church flea market.
Virginia Johnson Irwin teaches music at two
preschools. She has six grandchildren and spends the
winter in Florida.
Marilyn McGuire is busy in her retirement with travel,
volunteer work, church activities, golf, reading, friends,
and caring for her aunt. Marilyn continues to work on
mastering the art of simplifying her life. Many thanks to
Marilyn for sending us the wealth of information and
photos from the Briggs Reunion.
Our deepest sympathy goes out to Audrey McKay
Prince whose son, Robert, died in December 1997 at the
age of 40, leaving a wife, son and daughter.
Carol Michiels Dunlap has two daughters and four
granddaughters. She has been in the real estate business
for 20 years and remains active in many local activities
and organizations. Her latest undertaking is redoing her
Dorothy Mulhere Barrett and her husband live in
Florida where she enjoys teaching children to swim and
taking courses at the local college — from quilting to com-
puters. She and her husband share a love of travel.
Geraldine Paulmier Sutphen recently visited Suzanne
Baney Berghaus at Sue's home in Cape
May, NJ. While she was there Barbara
Rost Goodman called from Texas and
the three had a wonderful chat!
Charlotte Petrone Fischer and her
husband, Jerry, share a love for tennis,
golf and gardening. They have three
daughters and three grandchildren and
have been co-chairs for six years of their
successful library building fund.
Elsie Salkind Scotti and her family
opened their fourth store in Gillette, NJ,
last September. She and her husband
are semi-retired and their three sons are
running the business. They have three
Beverly Segerberg Britton has loved
living in New York City for almost 25
years. She works with American
Express corporate travel and visits her
two sons and two grandchildren in
New Mexico and Utah.
Barbara Sieder Coumbe has trav-
eled a great deal since her husband
passed away. She visited Africa on a
safari, the Scheyelle Islands and Luxor,
Egypt, and took a 12-day trip on a small
ship through and around the Panama
Canal Zone, San Bias Island, and the
Darien Rain Forest. This past summer she attended two
Elderhostel weeks — one in Anchorage and another in
Denali National Park. Barbara plays tennis and paints.
Virginia Smibert Swanson fives in West Haven, CT,
close to her mother's house. She has a son and enjoys trav-
eling, gardening, golf and "especially the feeling that life
has been good to me."
Joyce Wardle Chapman writes: "I had to miss the
Briggs House 45th Reunion at Ruth Easterlind
Cederberg's home due to sale and closure of our business.
However, Virginia Smibert Swanson had a mini-reunion
following which was great fun. Retirement had a wonder-
ful beginning but my husband's cancer has somewhat
diminished it at the moment. Hi to everyone."
Elizabeth Keys Gage
49 Twilight Road, Bay Head, NJ 08742-4758
Sylvia Pfeiffer Nesslinger
2840 Doncaster Road, Columbus, OH 43221-3034
Diane Cueny Harden and her husband, Roger, have
moved from their New Jersey home to Tampa, FL, and
look forward to doing much more traveling.
Mary Ann Donahue writes: "Fund-raising on air plus
everything else that goes with my job description keeps me
hopping! It was a live James Taylor concert that prevented
my joining classmates for our Reunion. Also working on
another novel. (Whew!)"
After 38 years in their 10-room home, Joy Ufford
Penderville and her husband, Jack, moved into a smaller
apartment attached to their oldest daughter's home and
they care for two of their six grandchildren every day.
Virginia Wilder Melitz reports "All is well in wet
Ventura County, CA. We survived El Nino. Our thoughts
and prayers to all who suffered." Virginia enjoys snow-
Olga Suro writes: "Retired in June 1995 — very happy
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Corinne Coyle Lydem
7 Fitzpatrick Road, Ansonia, CT 06401
Ann Bowerman Logan and her husband, Bob, find
themselves busier than ever in retirement. They have seven
children and 11 grandchildren and spend winters in
Naples, FL, and summers traveling to Maine, Vermont,
and Massachusetts (where they enjoy the BSO at Tangle-
wood on their wedding anniversary every year). The
Logans have been married 42 years.
Sandra Davis Mather teaches in California and, during
her two-month vacation each year, enjoys traveling to exot-
ic places — the Amazon, Africa, and Galapagos Islands.
Congratulations to Hope Duguid Dauwalter who was
honored by the Newton Child Care Commission with its
annual Child Care Advocate of the Year Award. She
remains active in early childhood issues and enjoys sailing,
walking and skiing in New Hampshire.
Sally Evans Nungesser summers in the Adirondacks
and has traveled to England and Europe. She enjoys her
four grandsons, swims every day, and has joined an art
Anna-Mae George Barney is a fashion consultant at
The Store in Wellesley.
While attending last fall's Lasell event that included a
tour of the American Stock Exchange and dinner at the
Wall Street Restaurant, Thelma Greenberg Florin met
classmate Anne Kempel Green. The two hadn't seen each
other since graduation and made plans for Anne to join the
Horins for Thanksgiving at their summer home in the
Judy Hansen has moved from Connecticut to Owls
Priscilla Head Davis lives in Harwich Port on the Cape
and would love to see any classmates who are down that
way. She will miss Reunion as she and her husband, who
love to travel and take two or three major trips a year, will
be on a cruise of European rivers from Amsterdam to
Vienna at that time. Priscilla is involved with garden club,
church activities, and as a volunteer at the Museum of
Natural History and the local medical center.
Judy MacMahon Holmes and her husband, Kirby, have
been married 42 years and are enjoying their five grand-
sons and some leisure time. She sends wishes for good
health and happiness for all in 1999.
Ruth Murdick Dallape is working a fun job in a family
owned bookstore. Among her interests are quilting — she
runs two quilting workshops each year — and square
Lorraine Nelson Stevens lives in Arlington, MA. She
and her husband have three children and are "retired and
Joan Pickett Morrow and her husband, Doug, recently
visited Australia where they attended their son's gradua-
While in Florida Margaret Robson Priddy saw her for-
mer roommate, Lee Fuller Hoag. Annette Dufton Dagg
joined Margaret, her daughter and granddaughter for
lunch and sightseeing in Washington, DC, last spring.
Penelope Thompson is a retired social worker. She
lives on a canal in Astatula, FL, 32 miles northwest of
Orlando. Pennie enjoys her boat and garden and would
love to hear from anyone down her way.
Susan Twichell Nelson
25 Westford Road, Concord, MA 01742
Jacqueline Cain Sheils retired in March and is "won-
dering how I ever found time to work. I'm doing what I
Merna Carl Justis is recovering from a leg injury and
recently moved to a new house in Colorado Springs. Her
youngest son was married last fall.
Nancy Curtis Kern has retired from the Fordham
Library at Wright State University in Dayton, OH. She and
her husband, George, have been taking classes at the
University of Dayton and enjoy visiting with sons and
daughters and grandchildren in various locations through-
out the United States.
Sandra Lally Hovey keeps in touch with Patricia
Downing Card and Shirley Palmaccio Stolfors. She loves
the Pacific Northwest and would be happy to hear from
anyone who lives near her home in Vancouver, WA.
Lucille Marden Randall travels to Horida and
Washington state, where she caught two large salmon on
Puget Sound. She also enjoys church activities, Eastern
Star, and her grandchildren.
Marilyn Meyer Herlin and Valerie Montanez Barto
had a wonderful trip to Cape Cod and Nantucket. Marilyn
is busy with real estate and antique appraising and Valerie
reports that their visit was "like old times!"
Joan Murano Swanson works at the University of
Rochester in New York and her son was married last
We send out sincere condolences to Lucinda Nolin
Johnson and Linda Nolin Ahern upon the death of their
mother last June.
Nancy Peirce Rudolph reports "excellent Trustee meet-
ing and kickoff for the Lasell 150 Campaign" on June 15,
Betty Price Scott and her husband, Jim, toured the
British Isles in 1997 and wondered why they had waited so
long. They planned to spend part of last summer here in
Anita Royer Martin welcomed three new grandchil-
Jean Ryder Tyler continues her work as one of four
ministers in a large Methodist Church. The focus of her
ministry is Christian education as well as pastoral ministry.
Jean and Peggy Tomlinson Morrow discovered last
year that they live within an hour of each other in Ohio
(Worthington and Granville), so they had a reunion —
their first since graduation! "Lots of memories shared. Jean
travels to visit her three daughters and their families,
including 11 grandchildren.
Carol) ean Somers Ogrodnik finds herself busier than
ever in retirement. She does volunteer social work with the
Virginia Beach Department of Social Services in the adult
protection unit and is active in the Virginia Beach Task
Force on Aging. Caroljean had a hip replacement and is
"ready to run again." She'd love to hear from other
Lasellites in her area.
Barbara Travis Hendrick spends nine months in
Florida and three at her farm in New Hampshire — "the
best of both worlds." She met her college roommate, Ann
Haskew, in Las Vegas last May and together — "we had a
Marilyn Valter Maclay is enjoying retirement very
much. She keeps busy with community volunteering and
she and her husband enjoy traveling, cruises and, most of
all, their condo in Maui.
Deanne Dario Sferrino
10 Liberty Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803
Dorothy Craig Kochli is retired and living on Hilton
Head Island where Avery Leach Egloff '63 is one of her
Deanne Dario Sferrino and her husband celebrated
their 40th anniversary last October while on safari in
We were sorry to learn of the death of Georgia Davis
Smith's husband and we send her out sincere condolences.
Natalie Flather Humphrey works as a volunteer coor-
dinator of the Tacoma Art Museum. She is enjoying her
"marriage of 42 years, nine grandchildren, traveling, and
life in general."
Joan Hoffman Wark enjoys her three grandchildren
and her retirement.
Carol LeCompte Cuthbert has been retired for two
years in Rehoboth Beach, DE, and loves it.
Judith Littlefield Clark returned from a wonderful
walking trip in Switzerland just in time to welcome her
second grandchild, a little girl.
Barbara Murdock Woods welcomed her fifth grand-
child last October.
Penelope Rafkin Blake welcomed her 10th grandchild
last fall and saw many Lasell grads at Sandra Lavine
Kanosky's daughter's wedding. "We never age" she
Joan Raymond Healey and her husband enjoy golfing
and traveling in their retirement.
Kathryn Rohleder Oetting lives in Gardnerville, NV.
She and her husband enjoy RV-ing and traveling and
Kathryn is involved in many organizations.
Ada Whitmore Suydam
35 Carey Road, Needham, MA 02494-1103
We were sorry to learn from Sonja Baker Carr that her
husband passed away and we send her our sincere condo-
Ann Bidwell Sanborn is enjoying her retirement. She
and her family had a grand family get-together in
Kennebunkport, ME, last year.
We were sorry to learn from Cynthia Clark Rose that
her husband of 39 years, Phil, passed away in March 1997.
She is slowly adjusting and has three children and six
Eileen Conradi Lynch works as a probation officer for
the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and hopes to retire in
a few more years. She has enjoyed cruises to the
Mediterranean, Scandinavia and St. Petersburg, Russia.
Marcia Hamilton Killeen told us in November that her
husband of 40 years is awaiting a liver transplant and they
would appreciate any information on that subject from
Marcia James Carthaus replaced her full-time career
with almost full-time volunteer work for a variety of non-
profits. She and one other person were named National
Women of Achievement for Chi Omega Sorority for 1998.
Caroline Killam Moller was blessed with her first two
grandchildren in 1998. Last summer she visited Helena
Hartnett, former Dean of External Affairs, at the New
Bedford Whaling Museum, where she is development
Virginia Krauss White and her husband are enjoying
their seven grandchildren. She is retired after caring for
small children for 20 years.
Carol Praeter Feldmann's youngest son was married in
Betty Anderson Fairchild
5 Grennan Road, West Hartford, CT 06107-1818
Betty Anderson Fairchild '58 struts her stuff!
Barbara Batty Brown writes: "40th Reunion was great.
Thank you Betty and all others who worked so hard to
make it a success. Campus police were a big help!!! See you
at the 45th."
Jeanne Bradner Morgan writes, "Had a great time at
our 40th renewing old friendships and touching base with
classmates. Reunions always erase the years. Those years at
Lasell were the greatest."
Gwen Buell Allard looks forward to her retirement
when she will have more time to teach those with special
challenges how to ski.
Margaret Harman Eaton welcomed a new grandson
last July and enjoyed a wonderful trip to Alaska. She
reports that it's great having e-mail to "chat" with old
Sarah Requa Guthridge's daughter was married last
After 21 years as owner of "Animal Crackers," Ann
Reeves Burton has sold that business and is running
"Jamisons'" gourmet chocolate instead.
Helene Schwartz Perry is assistant principal of an
elementary school. She and her husband have two new
grandsons and recently traveled to Holland and Belgium.
Linda Gould Marshall
2002 Freedom Lane, Falls Church, VA 22043
After having served as Pastor of the Avon Baptist
Church for more than eight years, Linda Bailey Bolton
moved to Gilmanton, NH, where she serves as Pastor of
the United and Centre Community Churches of
Susan Bravman Uretsky is a lab technician at the
department of microbiology at Harvard Medical School.
She has two grandchildren.
Betsy Coulson Conrad retired from teaching last April.
She has been recovering from cancer treatment — we wish
you a speedy and full recovery.
Kathryn Eckert Bodner is retired and her interests cen-
ter around gardening and the environment, learning to
play golf, the Turtle Watch Program and enjoying her
Joanne Gullo Gormley has sold her restaurant business
and home. She has two grandchildren.
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Marilyn Miller Harris has been a real estate broker
with the same firm in Greenwich, CT, for 26 years. Her
husband is a pilot and they love to travel.
Mary Ann Stackpole Johnson and her husband,
Woody, have owned their abstracting company for seven
vears. Their favorite place to visit is Cape Breton, Nova
Scotia, where they have a home and hope to retire soon.
Harriet Stallings Jarosh has been active in AAUW,
holding local and state offices. She loves to travel and is
becoming involved in Elderhostel activities. Harriet is a
collection development librarian and enjoys her summer
home at Rehoboth Beach, DE.
Faith Bowker Maloney
63 Burnt Swamp Road, Wrentham, MA 02093
Joan Corthouts McCormick, Marilyn Senior Legg,
Wendy Holmes-Pearson and Michele Poirier Gorman
on Cape Cod last summer.
Barbara Bogert Wahlberg reports that she is an active
volunteer and avid golfer.
Joan Corthouts McCormick spent a lovely week on the
Cape last summer with classmates Marilyn Senior Legg,
Wendy Holmes-Pearson, and Michele Poirier Gorman.
Minna Golden Levin works part-time at the Rugged
Bear in Hanover, NH. She has three grandchildren and
spends most summer weekends at her second home in
Quechee, VT, and winter vacation in the south.
Martha Goodwin Bissonnette is enjoying her retire-
ment very much. She keeps busy volunteering and travel-
ing, and stays in touch with Carole Raffel Waksler and
Joan Herrick Cauley — "where are the other Blaisdell
Nancy Hoey Hanson enjoyed a wonderful two-week
trip to England with her husband, Dave, last year.
Barbara Jacoby Adelstein's daughter and son are
Marjory Kline Bebchick is an office manager at the
new Courthouse in Boston. She welcomed a new grandson
in 1997 and is looking forward to her daughter's wedding
Nancy Perkins Sousa has retired from Polaroid and
works two days a week as a medical secretary. She has two
grandsons and is Regent of the Norwood DAR Chapter.
Carole Raffel Waksler was looking forward to her
son's March wedding. She also has a daughter.
Barbara Solov Cohen lives in Framingham and teaches
pre-school. She has two sons and sees Vivien Miller
Spertner and Carol Civetti Monaghan '59 frequently.
Susann York Stadtfeld is still working part-time in the
travel business. She plays golf whenever possible and is
enjoying her new little grandson.
Ann Porcaro Mucera
P.O. Box 278, Rockport, MA 01966-0378
Georgia Beaumont Tramontano has two grandchil-
Carolyn Bird Murray enjoys Maine reunions with
many Pickard House classmates, three of whom live within
an hour's drive of her home. Her second daughter was
married last August in a beautiful Native American style
Barbara Davis Delano plans to retire from teaching in
June. She and her husband have three sons and a new
grandson and, last year, celebrated their 35th wedding
anniversary while on a cruise in Europe.
Always on the lookout for great wine, Carolyn Piaster
Goldenberg is building a 2000 bottle wine cellar. She and
her family enjoy an annual ski week together.
A note to all from Jane Harmon Carr: "Stop in at The
Market Basket in Rockport, ME, and say hello to the proud
new owner — a great gourmet food store!"
Lynne Horner Martin's son and daughter were
both married last year and another daughter has
Laura Jensen wrote last fall from Fearrington Village,
NC: "Our transition to life in North Carolina has gone off
with nary a hitch. Building a house, of course, has repre-
sented challenges. We still have boxes to unpack and pic-
tures to hang but we're learning our way around our new
neighborhood and making new acquaintances. I recently
joined several 'girl' friends on a six-day walking trip in
Dorset, England, and then Jack and I traveled to Norway to
explore some of my 'roots.' After Thanksgiving in
Scottsdale with Wendy Wolfenden we're looking forward
to our first holiday season in Fearrington."
Carole Kirschner Wilson enjoyed a wonderful month
of May last year in Switzerland and France. She "took a
wine connoisseur course at Chateau Magnol outside of
Bourdeaux for a week with a 5-star chef and fairy tale
accommodations. It was educational and indulgent, and
visiting all the local wineries was an education in French
lifestyle and food." Carole asks if someone knows how to
contact Marilyn Ashlock Pintino.
Linda Norwell Gaulin teaches family and consumer
science in middle school and has three grandchildren.
Jane Parsons Dolbier got together with Jane Kendrigan
and Carol Healy McKinnon at the wedding of Linda
Grean Curtis' son in New Haven, CT, last July.
Donna Skillings Kessler and her husband have three
grandchildren. After he retired in January their plans were
to travel and play golf.
Nan Sparks Hunter is working for Embassy Vacation
Resorts in Myrtle Beach, SC. Her children and grandchil-
dren are spread out across the United States.
Sheila Stevenson Hudson has worked at Hanover
Insurance Company for almost 18 years. She and her hus-
band of 35 years have two children and three grandchil-
Peggy Ullman Cohen has three children and two
Linda Resnick Baer
9 Columbine Drive, Nashua, NH 03063-2113
e-mail: lindabaer@aol. com
Ann Abbott Bowler and her recently retired husband,
Ed, plan to travel, especially in their new RV. She would
love to hear from former classmates.
Linda Bald Lathrop's stepdaughter was married last
October and later that month the Lathrops joined Jean
DiGiorgio Buchanan, her husband Dave, and 46 others for
a Caribbean cruise.
Mary Jane Fallona Sheehan is an attorney and vice
president for adrninistration for a non-profit research insti-
tute in Maine. She and her husband of 37 years live in
Kennebunkport and have four children and eight grand-
Robin MacCloskey Mclnnis is active in the family flo-
ral business. Her son was recently married.
Betsy MacMillan Blackledge enjoys teaching second
grade in Mesa, AZ. Her two sons live only a mile from her.
Betsey Mercer Rockett married her high school sweet-
heart in 1997. "We are empty-nesters and newlyweds!"
They have three grandchildren. "Life is good — this was
worth waiting for."
Carol Miller Glassman sends best wishes to classmates
and would love to hear from you.
Doris Orben Campbell is a top salesperson for Mary
Kay Cosmetics. She enjoys quilting, hiking and semi-retire-
ment and had a wonderful family vacation in Disney
World — "great to be a kid at play!"
We send our sympathy to Gail Penfield Dawley whose
husband passed away last fall.
Karen Smith Grover is placing exchange students in
the high schools in the Rochester, NY area. She and Don
have a student from Germany living with them and their
two daughters live in Arizona and Colorado, making
Karin Skooglund Bartow
26 Grozier Road, Cambridge, MA 02138-3315
Jeanne Chase Peckham is a collegiate gymnastics judge
and member of the Massachusetts judges board. She runs
the Sharon Recreation Gym and Dance program and has
JoAnn Jacobson is working in the child support unit at
Social Services and is active in Landmarks Society, an orga-
nization trying to preserve and save older buildings in the
Utica, NY, area.
Ellen Kaplan Gi ttleman and her husband, Allan, look
forward to their visits out west to visit a daughter in
Arizona. Another daughter was married last June.
Susan Woodruff Bieling enjoys seeing her Lasell room-
mate, Barbara Noorigian Meehan and her husband, sever-
al times a year. One of Susan's two daughters lives in
France — "a wonderful place and excuse to visit."
Marjorie Bickmore Laferty is a dental assistant work-
ing on research projects. She is a library trustee, active in
her church, and she and her husband have two sons.
Christine Borden Jennings is a long-term care nurse.
She works at both a nursing home and an assisted living
complex and is interested in gardening, sewing and
Last October Jane Boyden Kropp retired from the
Boston Public Schools (after 29 years) and she and her hus-
band moved to Southern California "where we're enjoying
Susan Coster Malsin owns Chesapeake Motoryacht
Sales in Oxford, MD. Her daughter is being married at
Reunion time and she welcomed a baby granddaughter in
Ruth DeWitt Ghia built a database application for her
local Chamber of Commerce but, although she continues to
enjoy developing software, hasn't been too serious about
full-time work since the arrival of her first grandchild. She
has a keen interest in home automation and passive solar
homes. "I'm a grandmother, finally, and look forward to
teaching her to ski!"
Congratulations to Lee Dunstane Vandermark whose
shop, The Gardener's Cottage in Portsmouth, NH, was
recently named among the most outstanding in the country
by Garden Design Magazine.
Susan Humphreys Klein is executive vice president
and CFO of the International Society for Pharmaceutical
Engineering. She and her husband are active with the
worldwide movement called Teams of Our Lady.
Marsha Keyes Tucker is a member of the Lasell Alumni
Board of Management and a guide at The Golden Ball
Tavern Museum in Weston.
Gail Kwaak Arnold met her Lasell roommate, Susan
Gilland Smith, in Philadelphia last fall and they had a
great time catching up after not having seen each other for
Beverly Landros Bley works part-time teaching leader-
ship skills (to women), conflict management, communica-
tion and team building skills, stress management, and
assertiveness training, usually at the Naval Research Lab in
Susan Miller-Havens held an open studio in
Cambridge last October and has found that her careers in
nursing and psychology have made her a better artist.
Eleanor Rosen Rouf f is a secretary with the Depart-
ment of Special Education in Montgomery County, MD.
Linda Foster Nixon
202 Stage Island Road, Chatham, MA 02633
Susan Layng Bogle
11605 SW 103rd Avenue, Miami, FL 33176
We were so sorry to learn from Cynthia Ames
Gardiner of the sudden death of her husband last Novem-
ber and send her and her family our sincere condolences.
Thanks to Susanne Benz Sweeny for sending us the
article about herself and her company, The Leadership
Connection, in Fairfield, CT., which offers consulting and
educational programs for business and management per-
sonnel. She also helps people on a one-to-one basis to
define their personal goals. Susanne is a psychologist and
works as a counselor and trainer to help people develop
work skills and understand and accept diversity.
Carole Bourdon Suddaby is an RN and manages an
older adult program at a community hospital. She and her
husband of 32 years have two adult daughters.
Sheryl Chapman Kammer spoke with Sally Beaven
Elsasser after some 25 years last December — "the years
just faded away!" Sheryl has three daughters and a son.
Mary Harrison Lansing writes that she "loves
Minnesota. Stop in and see me and we will go to the Mall
of America and shop 'til we drop!"
Judith Kaufman Swartz , mother of two daughters, is
Eleanor Lamsen Brewster is the lead teacher at her
church and looking forward to semi-retiring in the next
few years. She and her husband have four grandchildren
and visited the Grand Canyon on their trip west.
Jill Norton Weeks is the owner of The Book Boutique in
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Dorothy Searles Woods enjoyed the team building
experience of the re-accreditation process at Plymouth
North High School where she is secretary to the principal.
Diane Yacovone Aurigemma plans to tour campus
with her son this spring when they're in Boston to visit the
Science Museum and Durgin Park — a fond memory.
Sue Bratenas Gannon
4 Gloria Lane, North Reading, MA 01864-2102
Faye Gorfinkle Stoller
112 Bittersweet Lane, Randolph, MA 02368
Colette Cavanaugh Clark retired from nursing four
years ago and has been busy since then on her husband's
family cattle ranch in Georgia. She has returned to her avo-
cation in art — "sculpture, pottery and painting fill my
hours when I'm not working cows."
Doreen Cohen Murray moved to Kansas City after liv-
ing in Arizona for 10 years — a new adventure for her and
her family of five children. Doreen finds herself a little clos-
er in distance to Harriet Siegal Stich and Lynn Stern
Taylor, who promise to visit.
Jackie Frank Paulson lives in Bethesda, MD. Both sons
are in college and her daughter is in high school.
Eleanor Mackinnon Speh is an office manager for the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Raleigh, NC. She
has completed her master's degree in counseling but will
wait until she retires from the government in two years to
put it to good use. When Ellie's son was married in Boston
last June Sandra Roberts Merill and Bonnie Kamerdiner
Marsano '67 attended — both had been bridesmaids in
Marcia Moore Reed spent a day last summer with
Linda Condike Ritchie whale watching in Gloucester and
they and their husbands sailed together for a week in the
Caribbean in January.
Kathleen Moshure Johnson loves living in the Pacific
Northwest where she has been for 30+ years. When in the
Boston area she always manages a mini-reunion with
Sandy Oakes Hammond and Carol Rouleau.
Susan Tharaud Quater hopes to earn her degree in May
2000. Good luck with your studies Susan!
Carolyn White Amdurer's daughter was married last
August and her son is a college student. Carolyn spoke
with Susan Friedman Ambar who lives in Nashville where
she teaches yoga. (We do not have Suzi's address Carolyn,
and would love to send her Lasell Leaves if you'd be kind
enough to let us know her address. Thanks!)
Kathryn Morgan Lucey
265 Concord Street
Newton Lower Falls, MA 02462-1010
Congratulations to Virginia Beecher, New Hampshire's
Director of Motor Vehicles, who was honored with the
American Association of Motor Vehicles Administrators
1998 Distinguished Service Award, the highest internation-
al honor bestowed upon an AAMVA member.
Bonnie Bunce Clark and her husband, Tom, love ski-
ing, camping and Colorado and are very busy raising their
nine-year-old son. "Motherhood at such a late age is wild!"
Heather Hines Peterson owns and operates a case man-
agement company in San Antonio called Independently
Yours, Inc. In the course of running her business Heather
found a nursing classmate, Aimee Gutmann Gage, who
lives in Carrollton, TX, close to Heather's son.
Ann Hudson North is thrilled to report that she has
We learned from her mother, Carol Morehouse Jones
'34, that Kathryn Jones van Renesse, is a nurse at Pittsfield
Medical Center and has three children.
Judith Fellows Skehan
P.O. Box 422, Hallowell, ME 04347-0422
Elissa Altshuler Freidus is a founding member of an
artist cooperative, The Westboro Gallery in Westboro, MA.
"It is a wonderful new experience which has taken me on a
Nancy Deveno-Pagano is an art teacher in the Medfield
Public Schools. She is completing her graduate program at
the Mass. College of Art and will have an art show there
this spring. Nancy is currently working with oil painting
ideas and is interested in pin-hole photos which show
interiors of Italian churches.
Laura Druker Simonds is working on completing her
bachelor's degree. Her two daughters are in college also.
Laurie Kanters Micheau is a senior pharmaceutical
sales consultant for Smith Kline Beecham. She has four
children and has recently become an empty nester.
Roberta Munce Nelson is a realtor at ReMax All Stars
in North Reading "and loves referrals. Relocation to any-
where in the world. . . Just Ask!"
Sherry Swain Dey expects to earn her master's degree
in gerontology this May.
Janice Taylor Perruzzi's daughter graduated from col-
lege last May.
Mary Ann Mitchell Beaver
80 Carriage Drive, South Windsor, CT 06074-2104
Laura Glass and Kathy Cooper McElroy, 4/98, at Kathy's
home in New Jersey.
Eugenie Alexious Trefz has two sons in college now.
She occasionally sees friends from Lasell "who still bright-
en my days."
Ronna Blumenthal has moved to Alameda, an island in
San Francisco Bay. She works at the California School of
Professional Psychology where she recently took a new
position as contracts and grants administrator.
Laura Glass, who has worked in Playboy's entertain-
ment division in Beverly Hills, CA, for almost 14 years, is
currently their manager, legal and risk management
administration. She visited her Lasell roommate, Kathy
Cooper McElroy, at Kathy's New Jersey home in April
1998. Kathy works as a real estate agent. She and her hus-
band, Kevin, have been married 24 years and have three
Marcia McCotter teaches disabled people and welfare
clients the skills necessary to return to the workforce and
finds that helping people get off public assistance is very
Cynthia Rinklin Feigin is looking forward to seeing
everyone at Reunion. She has lived in Montreal for 26
years, has a daughter and son and is the owner of an inter-
national consulting company.
Leah Smith Schneier's twin daughters are college
sophomores. She and her husband travel and have raised
two bearded collie show dogs.
Susan Young Charton is the owner of The Baby Place.
She has two sons.
Constance Farley Whittall
Long Hill, Rowley, MA 01969
Paula Finnegan Dickinson is a reading specialist at the
Gilford Elementary School in New Hampshire. She and her
husband recently moved into the new home which Paula
designed, and they planned to attend their son's wedding
in Nepal this winter.
Nora Jean Ganslen is the accountant/ office manager
for N.J. Ganslen and Associates, Inc., in Houston, TX.
Deborah Kimerling Schneider has three sons and runs
a marketing research and consulting business from her
home in Atlanta, GA.
Janice Williams Xeller works in an integrated Grade 1
and 2 class as the special education teacher and mentors an
intern from Russell Sage College in the special education
Victoria Wright Tuller is office manager at Designers
Workroom. She has been married 27 years and has two
Susan Johnson Roach
182 Curtis Road, Middlebury, CT 06762-3014
Lucy Cappuccio Rounseville is working as an RN for
the Justice Institute at Taunton State Hospital. She and her
husband have been married for 27 years and have four
Joyce Freedman Kreppel is a broker associate with
ReMax Realty Associates in Framingham. She and her hus-
band hope to make good use of the empty nest freedom
now that their son is in college.
Martha Garshman Spector is retired from nursing. She
and her husband, Jerome, built a new home in Melbourne,
FL, where they own a Mail Boxes Etc. business.
Mary Hobler Hyson is a freelance photographer. One
son is in college and a son and daughter are in high school.
Kathryn Lockwood Benson has a son and a daughter
and is an applications specialist for LPA Software, Inc.
Deborah Moss Barron's youngest daughter was mar-
ried last Labor Day at a joyous occasion on Martha's
Ann Smith-Johannssen Forsyth is senior sales manager
at Hyatt Regency Beaver Creek in Colorado, where she
enjoys the beautiful Rocky Mountain winters and skiing
and snowshoeing with her husband and two black labs.
39 Ladds Way, Scituate, MA 02066-1901
Elizabeth Andrews Haidef s associate degree in child
study from Lasell is now helping her as she pursues a new
career in teaching. She has been subbing for several years,
loves teaching and will spend one year getting her teaching
certification in Wisconsin. "Thank you Lasell for a great
Katherine Begg Kiernan works has a cytotechnologist
at Rockville Hospital in Connecticut. She and her husband
have a son and a daughter.
Toby dayman is working part-time in PACU and
enjoying watching her two daughters grow up. She and
her family live in Phoenix.
Evelyn Gottfried Seigle has two sons and lives in
Janet Hakanson Jepson and her husband, Bob, traveled
to China in 1996 to bring home their daughter, Haley
Elizabeth. She is three now, and has brought tremendous
joy to the Jepson family.
We offer our sincere condolences to our colleague,
Jeanne Johnsen, on the death of her mother last
Dorothy Macomber Herbert is a middle school nurse
and writes "I love the job and the kids, but boy do they get
sick a lot!"
Joanne White Bartlett has a teenage son and daughter.
128 Ball Hill Road, Berlin, MA 01503-1811
Kristy Fox Berman will graduate from Rutgers this
spring with a Bachelor's degree in psychology and plans to
start graduate school there this fall to obtain her master's in
Sharon Cowles Kroker
76 Afterglow Avenue, Verona, NJ 07044-5120
Rita Alicino Wheatley teaches first grade and enjoys
hiking and outdoor activities during her off time. One of
her goals is to hike the Appalachian Trail (in sections).
Madeline Berry Lasley is a special education teacher in
Salina, CA. She has a son and daughter.
Lauren Cottone Beckman works with her husband in
their business, Harry Beckman, Inc., at The Jewelers
Building in Boston.
Pamela Brigham Lippincott
55 John Scott Boulevard, Norton, MA 02766
Adoree Kapopoulos McGillvary
32 Shallow Pond Lane, East Falmouth, MA 02536
Marianne Moran Conkey is pursuing a master's degree
in education at Aurora University. She has lived in
Naperville, IL, for seven years with her husband and two
LASELL LEAVES WINTER/SPRING 1999
Can You Tell Us . . .
This photo ran in the last issue and we asked if anyone
knew what it was. It involved the 75th anniversary of
Lasell. It's safe to say the 150th celebration in 2001 will
not reflect the same theme!
This photo was also taken in 1926 at the 75th anniver- W
sary at the Crow's Nest. Please contact the Alumni
Affairs Office with any ideas that you would like to see
at the Sesquicentennial Celebration in 2001.
Rosemary Balberchak Koenig
96 Tidewater Farm Road
Stratham, NH 03885-2132
Holly Gilfillan Ready is a self-employed artist and
recently exhibited at Arden Gallery in Boston and her stu-
dio at Alewife Cove in Cape Elizabeth, ME. She sees her
mother, Peggy Bostwick Farnsworth '52 and sister Lydia
Gilfillan Webber '77 every day and her oldest son will be
off to college in the fall.
Carol Morehouse Jones '34 gave us news of her daugh-
ter, Susan Jones O'Keeffe, who is a graduate of the
University of New Hampshire and has two children.
Marcie Smith Thompson has three children and her
family moved last fall to another house in Concord, MA.
22 Patricia Lane, Darien, CT 06820
Apologies to Marsha Camp! Thanks for being such a
good sport, Marsha, after you were credited incorrectly
with a granddaughter last issue! Marsha and her husband,
Robert Allen, are the parents of two daughters, a 10-year-
old and a one-year-old (please see Nota Bene.)
Kristin Mackay sends her best to "all the '77 communi-
ty mental health grads. Keep in touch."
Cynthia Pinkham has moved to Summit, NJ, where her
son is in the first grade.
Sylvia Allen Hazard
41 Nantrin Terrace, Milford, CT 06460-6741
Mary Ann Templeton Murray
222 Tanner Street, Manchester, CT 06040
Janet DiSangro Donovan and her husband, Jack, have
three daughters. Janet works part-time as an operating
room nurse at Faulkner Hospital.
Congratulations to Alison Ix Lutes who gave birth to
her second child last December. Alison hears from Robyn
Hunt Vogel, Betsy Grause Simpson and Lynn Covello.
Sheree Loftus is publishing an article on Parkinson's in
Betsy De Rosa Wolfe
5 Martha Drive, Deny, NH 03038
3200 S. Manchester Street, #636
Falls Church, VA 22044
Elizabeth Landry St. Germain is the stay-at-home
mother of a son and daughter.
Lisa Seltser Kirshon is a practitioner of the healing and
martial arts. She and her work were featured last summer
in an interesting article in the Danvers Herald.
Patricia Wells Velaj
2 Glen Road, Greenwich, CT 06830-5717
Alexandra Brown Kandola built a new home in
Plympton, MA. She and her husband, John, have been
married 12 years and have two daughters.
Jennifer Burgoyne Sementelli and her family are
enjoying their house in Yarmouth on Cape Cod and she
invites alums in that area to check the phone book and give
her a call.
Donna O'Hara Bruton works in the personnel office of
O'Hara Corporation. She has two daughters and a son.
Karen Rabatsky Rosenthal
242 Eastwind Drive, Manchester, NH 03104
Jayne Blair Lindo is an RN and works at Kent Hospital
in Rhode Island. She confesses to never having thought
"parenting teenagers would be this tough and stressful."
Amanda Bulette Coakley was featured in a Boston
Sunday Globe article last June. She has been a nurse at
Massachusetts General Hospital for 17 years and expects to
complete her dissertation on therapeutic touch and earn a
doctorate in nursing from Boston College in May. Amanda
and her husband, Peter, have a one-year-old daughter.
Cynthia Osborne Jorgensen
33 Fairview Avenue, Ridgefield, CT 06877-4414
Virginia Minor O'Malley is a second grade teacher in
Hampton, VA. She has a daughter and a son.
Diane Raymond Grillone is working part-time at New
England Medical Center. She has a son and daughter and
sends greetings to Rosalind Deacon and Virginia Minor
Melinda Simensky Whitman lives in Natick with her
husband, Larry and two children and would love to hear
from old friends.
Janice Wright Moran
20 Lauren Road, Plymouth, MA 02360
2 Cross Street, Essex, CT 06426-1112
Diane Calvert Freeman is a nursing supervisor at
Elmcrest Behavioral Health Network in Portland, CT.
Nancy Titus Laliberte is a physical therapy assistant
and, as a Reiki practitioner, tries to use that and other
holistic methods in her job.
Wendy Bloom Kelley
36 Wayside Road, Westborough, MA 01581-3622
Dawne Burnham Mortenson is a clinical nurse at
DHMC-Spine Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
Lauren Miller would love to hear from old friends. She
is planning a September wedding and we will be happy to
give you Lauren's address if you contact our office.
Congratulations to Christine Perry Ryan on the birth of
her twins (please see Nota Bene.) Christine is an RN at
Boston Medical Center.
P.O. Box 4366, Wilmington, DE 19807-0366
Cecilia Coleman Welch
819 Arguello Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94118-4122
P.O. Box 320501, Fairfield, CT 06432
Christina Lopes-Orszulak and her husband, Paul, are
happy in New Jersey. She is an edi/ec development team
leader for Mars, Inc./ISI.Inc.
27-2 Lincoln Road, #2, Newton, MA 02158
2032 Briarhill Lane, Atlanta, GA 30324
MaryBeth Fitzpatrick has been named assistant branch
manager of the Wayland office of Middlesex Savings Bank.
When we heard from her in June Rebecca Pesko-Young
had celebrated her fourth wedding anniversary and was
expecting her first child. She is director of CAD Ventures
and lives in Marshfield, MA.
Georgia Moran Livziey
47 Camelot Drive, Box 7, Worcester, MA 01602
Annemarie Graziano Caloggero
7 White Avenue, Maynard, MA 01754
Pamela Andrews-Zani owns Off the Rack, a consign-
ment clothing shop in Melrose, where she sells women's
better and designer clothing.
Karen Hirsch Sullivent is teaching second grade in
Kyle, TX. She has a baby son.
Barbara Post works as a day care teacher and has
attended Lasell as a part-time student. She is the pitcher on
a Softball team.
Julie Zollo Barra is an event coordinator in the catering
department at the Renaissance Orlando Hotel at the
Orlando airport. She plans wedding receptions and social
events and loves her work.
3430 Gulf Shore Boulevard, N., 7F
Naples, FL 34103-0600
Christie Cornwell is a school psychologist in
Tyngsborough and plans a summer wedding.
Kathleen Blawie Williams is "currently an at home
mom with two sons, eight and three, best job in the world.
Also, avid reader and bridge player."
LASELL LEAVES WINTER/SPRING 1999
Natalie Woods Howe
33 Orris Street, Auburndale, MA 02466
Stormy Horton Bell
49 Merritt Avenue, Bergenfield, NJ 07621-1334
St. Joseph College, 1678 Asylum Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117-2764
Melissa Brown and Jennifer Bergeron '95 were atten-
dants in the wedding of Lee Anderberg Brown (also '94).
(Please see Nota Bene.)
Congratulations to Amy Beth Kaddaras who earned
her master's degree in education of the deaf from Smith
College last May. She is teaching at the Walden School of
The Learning Center for Deaf Children in Framingham.
Masami Tsuda Reas graduated from University of
Kansas with a bachelor's degree in American Studies and is
now living in North Carolina.
Gayle Lucido Movalli
309 Essex Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930
Ana Ramon-Foote and her husband purchased a home
in North Easton, MA, and recently welcomed their second
child. (Please see Nota Bene.)
Salve Regina University
100 Ochre Point Avenue -
Newport, RI 02840
- Residential Life
Susan Allen Lopez has been teaching third grade at the
Southeast School in Leominster for three years and was
featured in the "Head of the Class" section of the local
newspaper last May.
Lee Anderberg Brown: Please see 1992 and Nota Bene.
Jennifer Bannan Aucoin is a physical therapy assistant
working with pediatric in-patients at Spaulding Rehab. She
and her husband, Tim, have a nine-year-old daughter.
Kristine Bell is a hall director at Salve Regina College
and is planning an October wedding.
Jodi Donovan is a financial analyst with Hanover
Insurance in Worcester and plans a June wedding.
Kimberlee Lynch has been teaching at Assabet
Childcare for six years. She keeps in touch with former
roommates Diana Griffiths '95 and Kerrie Ryan Walsh
and is planning an April 2000 wedding.
150 Judith Court, Virginia Beach, VA 23464-7956
9 Edgebrook Lane, Monsey, NY 10952-4711
Congratulations to Debbie Lestch who earned her
master's degree in elementary education at Long Island
University. She plans to look for work in the Boston area.
90 Nichols Avenue, Watertown, MA 02172
57 Manners Avenue, Brockton, MA 02301-1418
Michelle Lane works for Champion Transportation and
as a relief counselor at Riverside Community Care where
she did her Lasell internship.
We were sorry to learn that Carrieann Ray has recently
been diagnosed with diabetes and wish her all the best.
928 Hampshire Road, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Those Were the Days Memories Project
Did you have a professor who left an indelible impression? Did you make life-long friends at Lasell
with whom you still connect in a special way? Was there an on-campus tradition that touched
you and made a difference? Did the Lasell experience inspire you or transform your life in some
As we prepare to celebrate Lasell College's Sesquicentennial Celebration, the Office of Alumni
Affairs is asking alumni to participate in the Share Your Memories Campaign by contributing
personal memories of life on campus. Your words and recollections can help us chronicle Lasell' s
unique place in the history of educational institutions and help the College's unique campus
culture live for generations to come.
Please send us anecdotes about classmates, faculty, staff, and experiences that made your
years at Lasell unique and unforgettable. The responses we receive from alumni will be posted
on the Lasell 150 Web site and be included in other archival projects to help celebrate Lasell's
If you are connected to the Web, you can post your comments on the message board on our
online community forum (http://www.customforum.com/lasell) under "Memories" and start a
"conversation." You can also send your recollections directly by regular mail to:
Director of Alumni Affairs
1844 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, MA 02466-2716
We look forward to hearing from you.
LASELL LEAVES WINTER/SPRING 1999
Jo Ann Simonson Sklar '64, to John Abbott Root,
on February 14, 1998
Joy Starbuck 74, to John DiNapoli, on October 10, 1998
Meredith Mitchell '79, to Scott Atkinson, on July 28, 1998
Pamela Morris '82, to William Mallard, Jr.,
on June 7, 1998
Kristen McKnight '85, to Eugene Bernardo II, in 1998
Audrey Crayton '88, to Dwight Goodwin
Lisa Marie Shannon '89, to Timothy Nolt,
on May 30, 1998
Kathleen Cravo '90, to Fernando Pacheco,
on July 25, 1998.
Tracy Provost '93, to Michael Downs, on June 20, 1998
Lee Anderberg '92/ '94, to Steven Brown,
on September 19, 1998
Kristie Burr '92/'94, to Todd Goyer, on July 18, 1998
Jenepher Dyson '95, to Edward Spencer,
Kellie Ann Wilkins '95, to David Kulick, on May 17, 1998
Rana Gauthier '96, to Ari Falcofsky, on October 24, 1998
Beth Kellogg '97, to Richard Bacchiocchi,
on October 10, 1998
Kristin Rider '97, to Christopher Sears
Kristin Butzier '98, to Bart Lotton, on June 13, 1998
Christine Castler '98, to William Hopkins,
on May 30, 1998
Marsha Camp '71, a daughter, Olivia,
on October 20, 1997
Alison Ix Lutes '78, a son, Henry Christopher,
on December 3, 1998
Christine Perry Ryan '85, twins, a son and a daughter,
Seamus and Katherine, on April 11, 1998
Bernice Devlin Bohnenberger '87, a daughter,
Kelly Marie, on April 20, 1998
Amy Kiss Woodward '88, a daughter, Julie Marie,
on April 2, 1998
Lisa Henry Phillips '90, a daughter, Emily Rose Phillips,
on June 30, 1997
Kumi Himeno Oka '93, a son, in March 1998
Jennifer Quimby Cole '94, a daughter, Hannah Brenda,
on August 31, 1998
Barbara Ortega-Alicea, '94/'97, a daughter, Adriana
Milagros Alicea, on September 28, 1998
Sibyl Weymouth Braniff '19, on December 20, 1998
Ruth Rawlings Mott '21, on January 25, 1999
Phyllis Rafferty Shoemaker '22, on August 29, 1998
Lydia Parry Stuart '24, in April 1987
Virginia Dreher Davis '25
Marie Janota Sibal '26, on February 23, 1998
Clarine Booth Villars '27, on October 12, 1997
Jeanette Allen Love '28, on November 20, 1998
Emily Crump Ramstetter '29, on September 7, 1998
Marguerite Picard Chernoff '29, on December 9, 1998
Dorothy Dunham '31, on August 13, 1998
Elinor Packard Hills '31, in 1989
Gertrude Dupuis McGrath '32
Mildred Munson '32, on December 27, 1997
Eileen Hedstrom Sundberg '33, on June 20, 1998
Mary Nassikas Tsantes '34, on March 27, 1998
Jane Brackley Starbird '35, on December 14, 1998
Ruth Fischer Speckel '35, on July 4, 1989
Charlotte Littlefield Queen '36, on September 16, 1998
Margery Fothergill Stockman '37
Barbara Haskell Parker '37, on July 15, 1998
June Rogers Currier '37, on November 16, 1998
Mary King Andrews '38, on November 9, 1998
Bernice Schanberg Peachy '38, on April 30, 1998
M. Louise Turner Timpson '38, on January 4, 1999
Jane Leckie Tracy '39, on October 25, 1998
Ruth Weymouth '39, on December 7, 1998
Esther Bennett Quinlan '40, on July 10, 1998
Elsie DeWolfe Williams '40, on December 21, 1998
Berna Bishop Richards '41, on June 4, 1998
Mary Cameron Blaisdell '41, on May 7, 1998
Betty Hapgood '41, on December 16, 1998
E. Lorraine Harrison Cameron '41, on August 26, 1998
Jane Palmer Getty '41, in May 1998
T. Arax Zulalian Johnian '41, in September 1998
Anne Ashworth Sewell '42
Ann Clauson Chasse '43, on October 25, 1998
Eleanor Ruth Davenport Walker '43, on July 24, 1998
Janet Ryder Robinson '43
Mary West Turnan '43
Margaret Hermann Raiche '44 on January 8, 1999
Priscilla Lincoln Laird '44, on August 19, 1998
Georgia Record Jennings '44, on September 17, 1998
Geneva Mae Dill Bump '45, on December 31, 1998
Janice Mortensen Urion '46, on January 12, 1999
Barbara Davis Canterbury '49, on August 5, 1998
Nancy Gould Ellsworth '50, on September 19, 1998
Shirley Moulton DeVore '50, in September 1997
Patricia Smith Weare '50, August 1998
Lois Weltner Gills '50 on November 26, 1998
Jeanne Tait Plaza, '51, on January 3, 1999
Suzanne Baney Berghaus '52
Gloria Becker Liddy '54, in February 1994
Julie Schmidt Jeanmaire '54, on September 30, 1998
Rosemarie Ravalese Ermilio/55, on July 15, 1998
Ellen Benner Leonard '56, on September 29, 1998
Anne Domina Hewel '57, on July 5, 1998
Virginia Albiani Carney '59, on December 26, 1998
Charlotte Bechard Healey '62, on September 6, 1998
Janice Neri Jollin '71, on December 12, 1998
Carolyn Crowell '76, on November 6, 1998
Marybeth Rowen Amsden '78, on January 6, 1999
Christine Martinez LaCorcia '87, on January 7, 1999
Kim Hope Terminiello '89/ '98, on November 19, 1998
LASELL LEAVES WINTER/SPRING 1999
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RUTH RAWLINGS MOTT '21
OCTOBER 18, 1901 — JANUARY 25, 1999
A loyal friend of Lasell, Ruth Rawlings Mott '21,
passed away on January 25, 1999.
Mrs. Mott, who was known for her philan-
thropy, founded the Ruth Mott Fund in 1973,
after her husband's
death. The organiza-
tion focuses on Mrs.
responsibility and a
to social problems,
as well as human
health, from mental
integrity and spiritu-
al vitality to physical
Always a gener-
ous supporter of the College, it was through the
Ruth Mott Fund that Mrs. Mott created a new
physical education program on campus in the
The "Lasell Lifestyles," as it was called, was
an innovative program built around coping with
stress through a wellness curriculum. The pro-
gram consisted of lectures and discussions on
nutrition, the inter-relatedness of mind and
body, and coping with stress both physically and
intellectually. Students could also select more
traditional activities such as aerobics, dance, bas-
ketball, softball, tennis, golf, and canoeing. The
program was underwritten for two years by a
challenge grant from the Ruth Mott Fund, aug-
mented by additional contributions by alumni.
In 1987, Mrs. Mott established another chal-
lenge grant for the creation of the Center for
Management and Entrepreneurial Studies for
Women and was a major supporter of the
College's PACT program.
Over the years, Mrs. Mott was the recipient of a
number of honors from Lasell for her loyalty and
support. In 1984, she was selected as the eighth
recipient of Lasell's most coveted honor, "The Silver
Bowl." This distinction is given infrequently as a
way to recognize individuals whose contribution to
society adds luster to the name of Lasell.
In 1987, in recognition of her dedicated sup-
port, the dormitory at 19 Berkeley Place was
renamed Mott House. And finally, in 1990, Mrs.
Mott was the recipient of a Lasell Medallion.
Mrs. Mott's classmates would probably
remember her best for her bravery during the
1919 fire in the Woodland Park building, when
she led several students out the fire escape and
was commended for her selfless courage by the
CHESTER H. LASELL
JUNE 25, 1908 — SEPTEMBER 30, 1998
Chester H. Lasell, grandson of Josiah Lasell, one
of the founders of Lasell College, passed away on
September 30, 1998.
Mr. Lasell, who lived in Greenwich, CT, was
best known on the
Lasell campus as the
benefactor of the Lasell
Medallion. In 1967, he
provided the funds for
the casting of the
medallion bearing the
likenesses of Edward
and Josiah Lasell on it.
One hundred were
made available for
awarding to notable
alumni and to those who had served Lasell with
distinction. In 1984, Mr. Lasell underwrote a sec-
ond casting of the medallions enabling the
Alumni Association to continue its tradition of
awarding the Lasell Medallion each year.
Mr. Lasell was educated at the Pomfret
School in Connecticut and at Williams College.
He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve in
Providence, RI from 1942-1946, attaining the
rank of lieutenant commander. For many years
he was president of the Pomfret School board of
trustees and a member of the executive commit-
tee of the Williams College Society of Alumni.
Mr. Lasell was a retired partner at Morgan
Stanley & Co.
PHYLLIS RAFFERTY SHOEMAKER '22
MARCH 1, 1902 — AUGUST 29, 1998
Devoted Lasell Alumna Phyllis Rafferty
Shoemaker passed away on August 29, 1998.
She was 96.
A 1922 graduate of Lasell, Mrs. Shoemaker
was a member of the Alumni Board of
served three terms
as president of
also was a Lasell
1950, she was
elected to the
Board of Trustees
where she actively
1984, despite hav-
ing moved with her husband to Watsonville,
California in 1953. In 1985, the Board of Trustees
created a new designation of Trustee Emerita
and Mrs. Shoemaker was one of the first five to
hold this honor.
A loyal supporter of the Annual Fund,
Phyllis Shoemaker was an enthusiastic Lasell
volunteer with a keen understanding of the val-
ue of fundraising for her alma mater. She served
as co-chairman of the Lasell Centennial Program
Committee in 1951 and as Chairman of Lasell's
first Fund Drive, which culminated in the build-
ing of Winslow Hall.
In 1985, Phyllis Shoemaker initiated a
fundraising effort on behalf of the Class of 1922
for a freestanding sign for Winslow Hall and
Brennan Library. In recognition of Mrs.
Shoemaker's generous and continued support of
Lasell, the Learning Center was renamed the
Rafferty Shoemaker Learning Center in 1987.
Mrs. Shoemaker was the class of '22 Life
Secretary. She was also very close to President
Peter Mitchell and his family. President Mitchell
affectionately called her his "Adopted
LASELL LEAVES WINTER/SPRING 1999
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(See Class Notes page 9)
LASELL LEAVES WINTER/SPRING 1999
Message from the
Lasell 150 Co-Chairs
LASELL 150: ALREADY, AN INVESTMENT WITH
▲ Co-Chair Peggy Schwingel Kraft '56
"When were you last on the Lasell
campus?" Thatis the $12 million dollar
question we pose to all alumni. Believe
us, if it has been more than six months,
you have no idea what you have been
Thanks to generous donors to the
Lasell 150 Campaign:
• the Edwards Student Center has
been completely and beautifully
• women's and men's varsity athletic
teams are holding games on a
brand-new, second athletic field
• Lasell is in a position to successfully
float a bond issue to begin addition-
al renovations and construction.
In the near future, Winslow Hall will
be a state-of-the-art, high-tech classroom
building, and a new residence hall will
spring up overlooking Grellier Field to
accommodate Lasell's burgeoning enroll-
ment. Wass Hall (the science center) is
scheduled to receive a face-lift, too. By
mid-May, construction equipment will
descend upon the campus to sculpt
Lasell into an institution eagerly awaiting
the new millennium.
The visual changes abound, but there
is so much more happening behind the
scenes! Academically, Lasell is reinvent-
ing and strengthening itself, again thanks
to the Lasell 150 Campaign.
Lasell's first academic institute (see
story on the Donahue Institute, pages
1-2) will be officially inaugurated in fall
1999 and will examine issues related to
civility, values, and public life. Faculty
members are receiving more support in
their efforts to improve their skills.
▲Co-Chair Joan Howe Weber '51
Scholarship money is available to deserv-
ing but financially needy students. The
Library has new collections and
enhanced resources. A new administra-
tive computer software package is
streamlining the flow of information
between campus offices and depart-
ments. The Humanities Program has a
new fund dedicated to keeping this area
vibrant at Lasell. And the list goes on. . .
When we first agreed to co-chair the
Lasell 150 Campaign, a $12 million dol-
lar fundraising effort to strengthen
Lasell, we knew that we had certain
objectives and goals — ■ specifically, to
raise money for program support, schol-
arships, the library and technology, fac-
ulty support and development, physical
plant improvements, general endow-
ment, and the Annual Fund.
However, when the targets and
benchmarks are only words on paper,
they seem a bit remote. We had no idea
how exciting it would be to witness the
fruits of the Campaign!
So, if you haven't been back to cam-
pus recently, make Lasell a part of your
travel plans this year. Attend reunion or
a campus event, or simply contact the
Alumni Office to set up a tour. Get
involved. Consider making a special
campaign gift if you are able, or simply
increase your support of the Annual
Fund. There has never been a better time
to invest in our alma mater and be a part
of the excitement!
Peggy Schwingel Kraft '56
Joan Howe Weber '51
FACULTY/STAFF CAMPAIGN KICKOFF YIELDS
Lasell's $12 million capital campaign
brought together faculty and staff for a
rousing campaign kickoff celebration in
the Brennan Library's Stoller Room,
Thursday, November 12. Professor of
Humanities Joseph Aieta, and Coordi-
nator of Allied Health Programs, Gloria
Mead, the co-chairs of the faculty-staff
fundraising effort, hosted the event that
attracted some 50 colleagues, friends and
members of the administration.
"I've been here for 30 years and
watched Lasell College develop from a qui-
et, two-year college into a revitalized, born
again four year institution," said Professor
Aieta. "This is a remarkable time for
Lasell. I have happily contributed to the
Campaign because Lasell has given me the
opportunity to teach and to make my life
so much more interesting," he said
Gloria Mead echoed the sentiment.
"I've been here 10 years, and this is defi-
nitely the most exciting time for the
College. You can feel the spirit, energy,
and enthusiasm." Then, on behalf of the
staff, Gloria Mead issued a
challenge to the faculty
to meet staff in
today, we are
well over $9.5
million in gifts
and we are
confident we will
have raised the $12
million goal by 2001,
the 150th anniversary of
Lasell," Campaign Director Katharine
Urner '83 reported. "But the last $2.5
million are always the hardest to raise.
We hope you will help.
"There is potentially a lot of money out
there for Lasell in terms of corporate and
foundation grants if the College can get a
seat at the table."
"This is a terrific opportunity to help
the College move aggressively forward,"
-; V ■"■/-•■ ":
agreed Ruth Shuman, dean for Institu-
tional Advancement. "Foundations and
corporations who give grants to institu-
tions like Lasell look to see the kind of
support these institutions generate not
only from alumni, but also from faculty
and staff. Their philosophy is 'why should
we support your institution if your faculty
and staff don't?' We hope this Campaign
will inspire you to demonstrate your pas-
sion for this College."
"I'm a lapsed Lasell alumna who recon-
nected with her school through the efforts
of this administration," explained Chair-
man of the Board Carol Cacciamani '65.
"You are the heart and soul of this institu-
tion, and for all of your hard work, I thank
you," she said.
Vice Chairman Nancy Lawson
Donahue '49 was also present to lend
support. "I'm here as a cheerleader," she
admitted. "As an alumna, I love this dear
place. You have all done such a great job,
and I am happy to support you. I also
want to remind you that it is not the
amount you contribute, but the fact
that you participate and
demonstrate your support
for the College."
Curtis Grellier '49,
Moses '61 the
planning the cam-
paign victory cele-
bration in 2001, also
made remarks and invited
faculty and staff to join the
sesquicentennial celebration committee.
"We know that all Lasell faculty and
staff give so much of themselves to the
College everyday," said the two co-chairs
of the Faculty/Staff fundraising effort.
"But we hope that you will consider help-
ing Lasell get a seat at the table in its new
corporate and foundation fundraising
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Scholarship Donor Virginia
Thomas Baxter '39
DISCOVERS THAT IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO
For Virginia Thomas Baxter '39, it's
never too late to ask the question, "what
will I do with the rest of my life?" Twelve
years ago, her own answer spawned a pas-
toral ministry, helping those who suffer
from suicidal tendencies, alcohol abuse,
AIDS, surgical complications, and some-
times, simply loneliness.
Indeed, under the auspices of Pinellas
Park, Florida's Good Samaritan Church,
Mrs. Baxter created a care team composed
of other parishioners and herself by reach-
ing out to those in the congregation most
at risk. This compassionate intervention
also includes providing emotional support
to caregivers with the necessary freedom
to do their jobs more effectively.
"For 25 years, I couldn't leave the side
of my husband, who was ill with Multiple
Sclerosis and then cancer," she explains.
"And I'm a cancer survivor too. So I think
I understand the challenges from both
sides, as patient and caregiver."
Her training for this mission was exten-
sive. At Saint Petersburg's Bay Front
Hospital, Virginia Baxter took courses on
lay guardianship and intervention, includ-
ing hospice and in-home visitation experi-
ence. From this foundation, she began her
teamwork, described by Mrs. Baxter as
"very open and inclusive. We work with
anyone in need and that can mean les-
bians, gay men, and the transgendered.
We're all God's children."
Every week, she drives nearly 250 miles
to reach her various constituents to whom
she offers ongoing companionship and
lively, honest conversation. "I don't dis-
cuss politics or money," she states. "And
somehow I seem to be everybody's moth-
er." Yet one blind artist with AIDS wanted
to imagine her differently. "He thought I
was gorgeous with red hair and green eyes.
I didn't want to disillusion him by admit-
ting that I was a gray-haired lady with
bifocals and a cane. Why burst his bub-
Mrs. Baxter was honored by her com-
munity and church at a luncheon in
October. President de Witt was unable to
attend due to a scheduling conflict but
added his praise and gratitude of Virginia
via videotape. His videotaped message,
played during the festivities, officially
announced Mrs. Baxter's appointment to
the Lasell College Board of Corporators.
"Her sharp mind and famous sense of
humor have served her alma mater well,"
said President de Witt.
Virginia Baxter's spunky approach to
life and ability to change and grow would
not have been possible, Mrs. Baxter readily
admits, without an education. "My Lasell
College experience gave me the necessary
skills to confront life's challenges," she
notes. "And the exposure to people from
around the globe also helped me under-
stand a variety of cultures and points of
Mrs. Baxter's love for Lasell has recent-
ly translated into a generous $25,000
scholarship fund established in her name.
"I believe in education and the opportuni-
ties that it brings," she says. "I want to jus-
tify my own existence by helping someone
else and giving something back." But she is
quick to deflect any justly earned praise
for her many community contributions.
"I'm nothing special," she states emphati-
cally. "There are a lot of people like me out
there. And I'm no goody-goody. I used to
like to drink, smoke, and tell jokes.
Today, it's only an occasional glass of
wine or joke." Then she adds, "All I really
need now is knee surgery. But I haven't
THE CAMPAIGN FOR LASELL 150
As of June 30, 1997:
As of March 31, 1999:
New Brennan Library
JEAN MICHAEL PETERSEN
PATRON AND CHAIR
▲ Jean Michael Petersen '39 and her husband Clint.
Lasell Corporator Jean Michael
Petersen '39 and her husband Clint take
pride in the College's past achievements
and its ongoing accomplishments. That is
why, for Jean — a devoted 14-year volun-
teer at Lasell's library and archives (work
for which she received the Lasell Medal-
lion in 1996) — it seemed perfectly appro-
priate to put her Lasell 150 campaign
pledge where her heart is. The Petersens
recently spearheaded the Brennan Library
Society by becoming the first donors to
this new initiative with a generous pledge
"Their gift provides significant leader-
ship as we seek to strengthen the library's
modest endowment, and I am delighted
that Jean has agreed to chair this impor-
tant effort," said Katharine Urner '83,
director of Planned Giving and Lasell 150,
39 IS FIRST
the Campaign to Celebrate
The new Brennan Library
Society will provide a dedi-
cated library endowment.
"A strong library is at the
heart of any good college,
and the Brennan Library
Society will ensure that
Lasell's library is protected
from future economic down-
turns," said Kathy Urner.
The Brennan Library Society
includes three giving cate-
gories: benefactors, at
$50,000; patrons, at $25,000;
and Friends, at $10,000.
"I've had such a long-
standing interest in the
library, most recently
through my work with Jim Boudreau in
the archives, that I thought now — during
the Lasell 150 campaign — was definitely
the time to do something," says Jean. "Our
gift is not entirely painless, but spread out
over five years makes it doable. For me,
working in the Library, and getting to see
Lasell from a volunteer perspective, has
been an educational experience that
should be shared." As she prepares to cele-
brate her 60th reunion at her alma mater,
Jean Petersen hopes other Lasell alumni
and friends will join her in bolstering
library resources and providing the
Archives with increased visibility.
"Jean Petersen's wonderful philanthropy
and unwavering dedication to the College
truly makes her a role model for the entire
Lasell community," Kathy Urner said.
GOAL $10 million
GOAL $12 million
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